In 2020, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Fulbright Canada established a dedicated Joint Chair in Contemporary Public Policy for U.S.- based American academics and researchers interested in collaborating with Canadian colleagues and contributing to the Foundation’s leadership development program.

Working alongside the Foundation’s other Fellows and Mentors, the Fulbright Canada – Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellows assist in designing and delivering a leadership curriculum based on the Scientific Cycle and help Scholars develop a unique engagement with issues and ideas that are outside their doctoral training. Fellows also play a critical role in supporting Scholars with knowledge sharing and experiential learning and by actively participating in the Foundation’s flagship events.

The Fellowship includes a four-month residential exchange at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) in Montreal, where Fellows have the opportunity to work with students and faculty at one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world. With its campuses along the southern side of the city’s scenic Mount Royal, McGill University offers a great perch to discover Montreal’s broad cultural offerings and lively neighbourhoods and even the chance to learn a new language.

Fellows are also provided with a generous grant and travel allowance and are eligible to apply for Fulbright alumni grants at the end of their one-year fellowship.

2022 Application & Scientific Cycle 

The deadline to apply for the 2022 Fellowship is September 15, 2021. 

The Foundation's leadership curriculum is based on Scientific Cycles. Each cycle focuses on an interdisciplinary theme that reflects an issue or set of issues important to the future of Canada and the world. The interdisciplinary theme for the 2022-2025 cycle is Global Economies, a topic that will explore fundamental questions addressing the economic emergence from the current pandemic to broader subjects such as taxation and policy, income distribution, the global economic balance of power, and emerging digital trends. These subjects will be examined through the lens of inequality, an issue that spans many fields and orientations of research. We propose this theme with the intention of fostering in-depth reflection on local economies and the global economy during our Scholars' three-year leadership journey with the Foundation.


  • Be a U.S. citizen. 

  • Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree as appropriate.  

  • Be proficient in English. 

  • Be in compliance with all J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines. 

  • Be in compliance with all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel, and residency. 


  • Membership in a vibrant community of Scholars, Fellows, and Mentors, all of whom are leaders in their respective disciplines and fields.  

  • Learn, teach, and share with Scholars, Fellows and Mentors, including experiential learning opportunities that enrich and complement academic experiences.  

  • Opportunities to acquire greater proficiency in Canada’s official languages (French and English) and Canada’s Indigenous languages.  

  • Lifelong membership in the Foundation’s alumni network.  

  • US $25,000 award. 

  • Additional allowance of up to CA $15,000 for research, travel and networking associated with Foundation events and the leadership development of Scholars.  

  • 1 year fellowship including a 4-month residential exchange during the 2022-2023 academic year at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) in Montreal.


The Fellowship entails teaching and coaching Scholars for the first year of their three-year leadership program. This includes designing content and teaching sessions for the Foundation’s Institutes of Engaged Leadership, events which are held twice during the first year of the program, in locations across Canada and the world. Each new cohort of Scholars, Fellows and Mentors also gathers for a Community Retreat a few months after their nomination. Throughout the year, Fellows also play an advisory role to the Scholars, and offer individual, group coaching and facilitation.   

  • advise and/or mentor the Foundation's doctoral scholars.  

  • participate in the Foundation's Institutes of Engaged Leadership as a facilitator, teacher and/or speaker and take part in planning sessions for the Institutes. 

  • participate in activities related to the Foundation and Fulbright Canada, including the development and initiation of events and educational activities for members of the public and members of the Foundation's and Fulbright’s communities. 

  • conduct research for one semester (four-month residential exchange) in Montreal, Quebec, co-hosted by the Foundation and McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

Past Fulbright Canada – Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellows




Dr. Randall Harp was appointed as the first Fulbright Canada - Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow in 2020. He is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont.





robert blai


Dr. Robert Blair was appointed 2021 Fulbright Canada - Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow. He is a professor emeritus of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska Omaha.



Selection Process

Applications are first received and reviewed by Fulbright Canada. Shortlisted candidates are shared with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and then asked to prepare a personal statement explaining how their research and teaching expertise relate to Global Economies and their interest in this fellowship. 

The Foundation will seek Fellows who are: 

  • Active in public engagement and knowledge sharing outside of academic circles.  

  • Passionate teachers who excel in delivering dynamic and engaging presentations, who are inclined to use original teaching methods and who are committed to providing mentoring to emerging scholars.  

  • Ability to engage with a plurality of perspectives and to foster such engagement among Scholars. 

The Foundation will also consider the Fellow candidate’s availability to participate in three Foundation events in 2022-2023 : a virtual community retreat in June 2022 and two Institutes of Engaged Leadership in spring 2023 and autumn 2023.  






The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada is proud to serve as home to the Fulbright Canada -- Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow. By welcoming this fellow-in-residence, the Institute benefits from the presence and participation of an outstanding U.S.-based scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences within our ecosystem as we pursue of our mission to develop a better understanding of Canada's social, political, and economic future both here and abroad." - Daniel Béland






"The Fulbright Canada - Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Joint Chair in Contemporary Public Policy Fellowship Program is a partnership that reflects the vision and the principles of both organizations. We share a 21st century commitment to empowering extraordinary scholars to drive meaningful change in their institutions, their communities, and the world." - Michael K. Hawes, Ph.D.


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