The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowship offers sustained support to intellectuals who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to imagine innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing society. Each year, up to five fellows are appointed by the Foundation, namely Canadian researchers in the “General” category and researchers who are not affiliated to an university in the “Visiting” category. Trudeau fellows are active in a field of the humanities and social science that touches on one or more of the Foundation’s four themes.
Candidates to the regular Trudeau fellowship are researchers who have set themselves apart through their capacity to propose creative solutions to important issues and their ability to inform public debate beyond the academic sphere.
The Foundation can award one fellowship per year to a visiting fellow. The regular Trudeau fellowship’s criteria of excellence and engagement also apply to the visiting fellowship. However, the visiting fellow’s affiliation to the host institution is different: the selected candidate is invited to take part in the host university’s activities for a residency period of approximately one year in the course of the three-year fellowship tenure.
At a glance
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowships provide:
- Support from an outstanding community of scholars, fellows and mentors, and opportunities for interaction with 350 leaders and personalities in every sector of the humanities and social sciences;
- Involvement in lively exchanges with other researchers and policy makers;
- The opportunity to contribute to public dialogue and share innovative ideas at events organized by or in conjunction with the Foundation;
- A $150,000 allowance over three years for research, travel and networking;
- A $50,000 award;
- A $25,000 allowance to cover the cost of participation in Foundation events.
- In 2015, a total of 49 candidates were nominated by 250 institutions and community members.
- Five fellows were selected by an independent panel.
- The Foundation has awarded a total of 58 fellowships to date.
- Trudeau fellows are appointed for life.
- Researchers active in a field of the humanities and social sciences related to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes; and
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or citizens of foreign countries legally allowed to reside in Canada for the funding period; and
- Researchers affiliated or who will be affiliated during fellowships with an university that grants doctoral degrees.
Fields of research
Humanities and social sciences, and specifically one or more of the following themes:
- Human Rights and Dignity
- Responsible Citizenship
- Canada in the World
- People and their Natural Environment
When nominations close, the Trudeau fellows are selected through a rigorous selection process that involves the following steps:
- The file review and selection process takes place from December to April and may include an interview stage.
- The Application and Nomination Review Committee approves the recommended applications.
- The Foundation Board of Directors gives final approval.
- Trudeau project (required for the regular fellowship and optional for the visiting fellowship)
- Commitment to engage with the Foundation community of scholars, mentors and fellows
- Communication and engagement
- Leadership and innovation