The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

It is the most prestigious scholarship in the social sciences and humanities in Canada. Its annual value is up to $60,000 per Scholar for a maximum of three years. In addition to generous financial support, it also includes a separate annual travel allowance to support research-related travel and cover other networking, professional development and dissemination expenses. It also offers the Scholar the opportunity to benefit from a special relationship with an experienced Mentor.

Foundation awards up to fifteen scholarships to Canadian and foreign doctoral candidates pursuing research related to one of its four founding themes:

  • Human Rights and Dignity
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Canada in the World
  • People and their Natural Environment

Brief Overview:

  • Program name: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
  • Funding organization: The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
  • Value and duration: $40,000 per year for three years; $20,000 per year for three years, as research and travel allowance;
  • The number of scholarships: up to 50 (260 applications were considered in the 2017 competition and 15 scholarships were awarded in 2017)


  • Full-time first or second year students enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a doctoral program in the humanities and social sciences; and
  • Canadian citizens enrolled full-time in a doctoral program in Canada, or Canadian citizens enrolled full-time in a doctoral program outside of Canada.
  • Up to one scholar in four per given year may be a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution. This applies in particular to students from emerging nations.

Main Dates (2017 – 2018):

  • 1 September 2017 – 2018 doctoral scholarship competition opens
  • 8 December 2017 – Foundation deadline for receiving files from universities
  • February 2018 – Notification of semi-finalists
  • March 2018 – Finalists invited for interviews
  • Mid-March 2018 – Interviews with finalists in Montréal
  • April 2018 – Notification of selected candidates
  • Mid-May 2018 – Mandatory participation in the Foundation’s Summer Institute
  • Early June 2018 – Official announcement of 2018 scholars

Fields of Study / Areas of research:

  • anthropology
  • communications
  • criminology
  • law
  • economy
  • history
  • literature
  • philosophy
  • religion
  • environmental sciences
  • political sciences
  • social sciences
  • sociology
  • the arts

For more information please check the Program’s F.A.Q. –