Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship


January 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM (PST)

Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International
Degree Level: Doctoral
Award Status: Closed
Applicant Status: Incoming Students and Continuing Students


Quick Facts

Up to 20 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral students pursuing research in one or more of the four themes: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada in the World; and People in their Natural Environment. Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and are expected to become leading national and international figures.

Annual Value: $40,000 per year for three years to cover tuition and reasonable living expenses; $20,000 per year for three years, as a research and travel allowance


  • Doctoral students already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time program in the humanities or social sciences whose work relates to one of the Foundations’ four themes:
    • Human Rights and Dignity
    • Responsible Citizenship
    • Canada and the World
    • People and their Natural Environment
  • Canadian citizens, whether at a Canadian or an international institution
  • Up to 25% of Scholars in a given year may be non-Canadians (permanent residents or foreign nationals) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution

Evaluation Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership experience and abilities
  • Thematic relevance of research to the Foundation’s themes
  • Public engagement
  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and share knowledge
    Communication skills
  • Desire to belong to a vibrant community made up of leaders from across sectors
  • All forms of diversity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, language, region, and discipline. We welcome First Nations, Métis, and Inuit candidates

Application Procedures

Nomination Procedures

  • You must be nominated by the Canadian or foreign institution where you are currently accepted or enrolled in a doctoral program
  • Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of UBC faculty members. UBC may nominate a maximum of four applications to the Trudeau Foundation. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus will provide a nomination letter from UBC, to complete each application package before submission to the Trudeau Foundation
  • Semi-finalists will be notified in February. Finalists will be invited for interviews in Montreal in the spring of 2019. UBC will cover the travel expenses of our nominees who are selected for interviews. Selected candidates will be notified in late April 2019
  • Only successful applicants will be notified


Further Information

For application forms and other information, please visit the Trudeau Foundation website.

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