Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships

Message from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship program.

"As of July 9, 2018, the Foundation will officially welcome its new President and CEO, Pascale Fournier.

As part of her mandate, Pascale Fournier intends to transform the Foundation's programs based on the results of a national public consultation that will take place from fall 2018 to winter 2019. The consultation will focus particularly on the definition of responsible leadership and inclusive excellence.

The opening of the doctoral scholarship competition will not follow the usual agenda and it will undergo substantial changes.

We will be in touch in the coming months to unveil our new programming, including criteria and deadlines for the coming year.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Stay tuned!"

Updated June 29, 2018

Value and Duration

  • Up to $60,000 per year (including an annual travel allowance of $20,000) for up to three years

Timeline and Deadlines

  • September: Call for applications
  • November: University Committee convenes to review and select up to 8 applications for nomination
  • December: Foundation deadline for universities to submit nominations
  • February: Foundation notifies semi-finalists
  • March: Finalists are called for interviews and interviews take place in Montreal
  • Late April: Selected nominees are notified
  • June: Public announcement of the new Trudeau Scholars



  • How to Apply:   Please contact Paula Menzies Cameron if you intend to apply in the current competition.

    • Create an account and complete your application in the Trudeau Scholarships Portal
    • Follow all instructions contained within the Application Portal.
    • Submit a complete application in the online portal by the university deadline.

    A Complete Application consists of:

    • Online Application
    • Original transcripts for all postsecondary studies, including Western University
    • Three (3) letters of reference (one reference must be non-academic in nature). Letters should not exceed 2 pages. (These are uploaded to the application independent of the applicant)