Trudeau Foundation

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships support outstanding doctoral students working in one or more of the following areas: human rights and social justice, responsible citizenship, Canada and the world, and humans and their natural environment.

At a glance


Up to $60,000 per yr/3 years


Canadian citizen studying at a Canadian or foreign institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution


December 1 before 5pm EST
**including references**

Degree type

Accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences 

Preparing your application

You are encouraged to apply for awards when you have submitted your admissions application and received your University of Calgary student number (UCID). You are not required to meet the eligibility requirements in the terms of reference of an award when you apply, but if successful, you must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the award is paid.

Please ensure that you have completed the following two steps before submitting your application:

Read the terms of reference

Awards are based on merit. It is important to read and understand the award terms of reference listed on this page and/or on the agency, or donor website.

Know your eligibility

Read our guide to discover the polices and regulations that determines a student's award eligibility at the University of Calgary.

Award Guide: Eligibility

Terms of reference


For Full Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines, refer to Trudeau Foundation.

Your doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s Four Themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, People and their Natural Environment

See FAQ for more details


Candidates who are committed to a three-year leadership program and who meet the eligibility criteria can apply directly to the Foundation through the application portal. 

One-on-one mentoring

Students who are planning to apply for the Trudeau Scholarship and would like to be matched with a mentor should email no later than November 1.

Applicants will be matched with a scholar from the Graduate Leader’s Circle who will mentor them through the application process by providing feedback on the written components of the application.