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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Canadian Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships 2025

Updated: May 30

The long-awaited Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships for 2025 are about to commence their application process. This esteemed scholarship presents an exceptional chance for exemplary doctoral candidates to transform their scholarly endeavors into practical leadership positions. If you're driven by the desire to effect change in your local community, across Canada, and globally, it's time to gear up. Here's all the information you need to prepare for your application.


Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation background

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship is a triennial initiative aimed at cultivating proactive leaders. Chosen scholars are provided with extensive leadership education, substantial financial aid, and the opportunity to become part of a dynamic network of colleagues, mentors, and fellows. This program empowers you with the necessary skills and understanding to effect positive transformation and leave a substantial mark.


Financial and Professional Benefits

As a scholar of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, you will be privy to a multitude of benefits, such as:

  • Substantial Financial Aid: Receive up to $40,000 annually for a span of three years to fund your tuition and living costs, along with up to $20,000 each year for expenses related to travel, research, and language acquisition.

  • Leadership Development: Gain access to exclusive experiential learning sessions guided by esteemed mentors and fellows.

  • Language Mastery: Avail opportunities to enhance your proficiency in Canada's official languages (French and English) and learn Indigenous languages.

  • Network Membership: Enjoy a lifetime membership in the Foundation's alumni network, linking you with leaders from diverse disciplines and sectors.


Eligibility criteria

To be considered for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship, you must meet below criteria:

  • Enrollment: You need to be enrolled in or accepted by a full-time doctoral program, with an anticipated completion date of your doctoral studies in 2027 or later.

  • Study Area: Your research should have a broad connection to the humanities or human sciences and be pertinent to Canada's future.

  • Research Topics: Your doctoral project must correspond with one of the Foundation's Four Themes: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada and the World, or People and their Natural Environment.

  • Nationality: You need to be a Canadian citizen studying at a Canadian or overseas institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) registered in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution.


Application procedure

To apply for the scholarship, follow these steps (Remember, you must be enrolled or accepted to a Doctoral program related to the fields mentioned above before applying):

  1. Online registration: When the competition opens, register for an account on the Foundation’s application portal.

  2. Fill out the application: Once your registration is complete, you will be able to create an application for the 2025 Scholarship Competition

  3. Get Recommendations: Ensure your referees submit their recommendations on time through the application portal.

For more information on how to apply, visit this

Applications Open: Early October 2024

Application Deadline: Early December 2024 (exact date to be confirmed)

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