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Research Fields TEST Human Rights & Soc Justice, Resp Citizenship, Canada in the World, Humans & the Natural Environment
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Eligibility The annual Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships competition in the social sciences and humanities is open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants pursuing full-time doctoral studies in Canada, and exceptionally to Canadians pursuing full-time doctoral studies at foreign institutions. Foreign nationals pursuing doctoral studies at Canadian institutions will also be supported, with a preference for candidates from the developing world. Although priority will be accorded to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants, up to one fourth of the total number of Trudeau Scholars may be foreign nationals.

Up to 15 Trudeau Scholarships are awarded each year to support doctoral candidates pursuing research of compelling present-day concern, touching upon one or more of the four themes of the Foundation:

  • human rights and dignity,
  • responsible citizenship,
  • Canada in the world, and,
  • humans and their natural environment.

  • Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and international figures

    Trudeau Scholars are selected through a process that involves: an application supported by references and transcripts, internal and external review and selection panels, nomination by university, an interview, approval of the finalists by the Application and Nomination Review Committee, and the approval of the Foundation's Board of Directors. The assessment of nominees for Trudeau Scholarships is to focus on the following criteria:

    • academic achievement at the level of the most competitive scholarship programmes worldwide;
    • an outstanding ability to engage in lively exchange with other researchers and scholars;
    • the intention to work in an area related to one or more of the four themes of the Foundation, and
    • have an expressed desire to contribute to public dialogue around those themes.

    To be eligible to apply, at the time of application you must:

    - Intend to conduct/present your research project (thesis) linked to one of the four themes of the Trudeau Foundation (see above for information on themes). For additional information on the Trudeau Foundation themes, please visit:


    - Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant (Permanent Resident) applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences or humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program at a Canadian university


    - Be a foreign national (international student - with a preference for candidates from the developing world) applying to a doctoral program in the social sciences and humanities or registered full-time in the first or second year of such a program a Canadian university

    NOTE: The Trudeau Foundation does not specify a GPA requirement, however, they do note that eligible applicants should "have a track record of academic achievements at the level of the highest standards of the world's most prestigious doctoral scholarship programs."

    Value up to $40,000 per year (plus an additional $20,000 annually for research-related travel) for up to 4 years.
    Currency Canadian
    Tenable at Trudeau Scholars will be required to spend a portion of their time during the tenure of their award at an institution or fieldwork location away from their home university, and outside the province in which that university is located. This time away may be spent inside or, when related directly to the Scholar's research, outside Canada. Trudeau Scholars will be encouraged to work directly with one or more Trudeau Fellows or Trudeau Mentors, wherever the Fellows or Mentors may be based.
    Deadlines November 1
    Application Details Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships Information Session:

    An information session on the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships will be held on Friday, September 26th, 2017 at 2:30 pm in the GSA Lounge - room 217 University Centre - sign up is required to attend and space is limited for this information session. Please visit the following link for further details and to sign up for the information session:



    Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship Application Process:

    Nominees must be nominated by a Canadian university or affiliated school. The Faculty of Graduate Students will nominate students to the Trudeau Foundation. Submission of the application itself by the deadline is notification that an applicant would like to apply and be nominated. Once a complete application is submitted by the internal deadline, the internal committee will consider the applications and determine the students who will be nominated to the Trudeau Foundation. The University of Manitoba is permitted to nominate a maximum of 8 candidates to the Trudeau Foundation. The internal committee will evaluate all the complete applications received by the internal deadline of November 1st, 2017 and determine the applicants who will be selected for nomination to the Trudeau Foundation.

    Applications can be submitted online via the Trudeau Application Portal at:


    Once you create the account, you will receive an email with your login and password information to start your online application.

    The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship application is lengthy and it is a very competitive award. You are strongly encouraged to access the portal and begin your application well in advance of the deadline. You can save your in-progress online application and return to it later if you are not ready to complete it all in one session. Please refresh your browser should you have trouble seeing your saved changes.

    As part of the online application process, you will be responsible for uploading a PDF copy of your official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted as a single PDF file (instructions will be provided in the online application). Note that OFFICIAL transcripts are required as follows:

    - IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA - Please ensure you upload a scanned copy of your official U of M transcript. This is required even if you are a new University of Manitoba student, and are currently registered, but even if no grades have been received yet at this time. Please include at least 1 copy of the legend which is printed on the back of the transcript. Official transcripts can be ordered from the Registrar's Office, 400 University Centre. Once you have scanned and uploaded the transcript please keep it, along with the stamped envelope it came in as Trudeau may request the hard copy documents if you are selected for an interview. ***Note: Student histories or web print outs of Aurora Student transcripts will not be accepted - it must be a scan of an official transcript in order to be considered for this award.

    - FOR UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES YOU HAVE ATTENDED AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES IN CANADA OR IN THE UNITED STATES: Again, please upload a scanned copy of any OFFICIAL transcripts from any universities/colleges you have attended in Canada or in the USA. Again, please note that only scanned copies of official transcript s will be considered as sufficient to consider your application for this award. Ensure that you scan at least one scan of the legend that is on typically on the back of the transcript with your scan. Photocopies or web print outs will not be accepted. Again, please ensure you keep the official transcript along with the envelope it arrived in with the seal on it, in case Trudeau requires the hard copy documents in the future.

    - FOR INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES OUTSIDE OF CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES: Only for these universities/institutions will certified copies of transcripts be acceptable. For current U of M students, you can visit your home department and request that the staff there make certified copies of your of your transcripts from your admission file. They can print/photocopy the transcript and write on the front "certified true copy from original" and sign their signature and the date the copy was made. They should put the copies into an envelope which they also sign over the seal of before giving the envelope to you. When you scan the transcripts ensure you include any legend pages for the transcript. Additionally, note that this method is only acceptable for institutions outside of Canada and the USA. Please ensure you keep the copies and envelope in case Trudeau requests hard copies in the future.

    Additionally, as part of the online application, you will be required to provide the names and contact information for 3 referees to provide three (3) letters of reference. The online application system will permit you to enter the contact information for the referees and the system will automatically contact them to request that the letters of reference. Note that of your three references, two of the letters of reference must be from academic referees, principally concerning academic achievements. The third letter, from a non-academic referee, should concern the non-academic aspects of the application.

    Completed applications and supporting documents and the letters of reference from your referees must be uploaded to the Trudeau Foundation application portal no later than November 1st, 2017 4:30 pm


    Frequently Asked Questions are available at: http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs/scholarships/scholarships-faq

    If you have questions regarding the application or your eligibility for the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, please contact Sara Sealey, Awards Assistant at:


    Updated: September 15th, 2017


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