Scholarship Overview

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year offer an unparalleled opportunity for international students to embark on doctoral studies at Canadian universities. With an annual award value of up to $60,000, including a significant travel allowance of $20,000, this scholarship fosters interdisciplinary research and fieldwork, enriching scholars' academic pursuits with diverse community interactions. The program is distinguished by its commitment to developing leadership and public engagement skills among scholars through mentorship and participation in the Foundation's vibrant intellectual community.

Host Institution(s)

Canadian universities play host to this prestigious scholarship program, welcoming doctoral candidates across a wide array of social sciences and humanities disciplines. These institutions are recognized for their academic excellence and commitment to fostering innovative research that addresses pressing societal issues.


This fully funded scholarship is exclusively available for PhD level studies in the social sciences and humanities. The Foundation supports research that aligns with its four central themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, and People and their Natural Environment. This thematic focus ensures that scholars' work contributes to meaningful societal discourse and development.

Scholarship Value

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships provide a substantial yearly stipend of $60,000 for up to three years. This funding package includes an annual travel allowance of $20,000, enabling scholars to undertake research that requires mobility and to engage with communities and ideas that enhance their studies.


To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be accepted into or currently enrolled in the first three years of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences at a Canadian university.
  • Conduct doctoral research related to one of the Foundation’s four central themes.
  • Be a Canadian citizen studying at either a Canadian or international institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution.

Application Instructions

Applicants must follow these steps to apply for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships:

  1. Understand University Deadlines: Each participating university has its own internal deadline. Candidates must ensure they apply within these timeframes.

  2. Register and Apply: Register for an account on the Foundation's application portal and complete the application form, including personal and contact information, and details about referees and research plans.

  3. Secure Recommendations: Enter the details of two referees in the application, who will then be prompted to submit their letters directly through the portal. Ensure you follow up with them to confirm submission.

  4. Compile and Upload Transcripts: Upload transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended as one PDF document, excluding CEGEP transcripts for candidates from Quebec.

  5. Notify University Awards Officer: Inform the awards officer at your university of your application to ensure inclusion in the university’s selection process.

  6. Submit Before Deadline: Complete applications must be submitted directly to the Foundation by December 02, 2023, at 5 p.m. EST. The Foundation assesses all applications, upholding its commitment to diversity and regional representation.