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Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

The Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to Pierre Trudeau, the former Canadian Prime Minister, by his family, friends and colleagues. In 2002, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund.

The Trudeau Foundation offers up to 20 scholarships for outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or accepted on a DPhil course in social sciences or humanities and who are undertaking research in areas related to their four themes. This scholarship, the most prestigious of its type in Canada, has continuously attracted the very best scholars in the social sciences and humanities: individuals with leadership potential and a passion for public engagement who are likely to become national and international figures. 

The programmes of the Foundation focus on four themes that shaped the life and career of Pierre Trudeau: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada and the World; and People and their Natural Environment.

The scholarship will provide up to $60,000 Canadian dollars per year for up to three years.

Scholarship outcomes

Applicants will be notified by email in January 2020 to confirm whether or not they have been nominated by the Oxford panel. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback on applications.

You must be enrolled or accepted on a full-time DPhil course in social sciences or humanities at Oxford in the first, second or third year of such a programme. Your research must be related to the four themes of the Trudeau Foundation: Human Rights and Dignity; Responsible Citizenship; Canada and the World; and People and their Natural Environment. More detail about the four themes is available on the Trudeau Foundation's website.

You must be a Canadian citizen.

Candidates can only be considered by the Foundation if they have been nominated by a university. You must be enrolled or already accepted on a doctoral programme at the nominating university by the university's application deadline. 

The Trudeau Foundation are looking for students who can demonstrate: 

  • Academic excellence;
  • Leadership experience and abilities;
  • Thematic relevance of doctoral research to the Foundation’s central themes;
  • Community engagement;
  • Desire to contribute to public dialogue and share knowledge dissemination;
  • Communication skills;
  • Originality and audacity 
  • Interest for the scientific theme of the 2020-2023 cycle: Technology and ethicsYou do not have to have expertise on this topic, but you must be willing to engage with this theme as part of our leadership training program. 

Oxford holds an internal competition to select up to 3 nominees (the maximum number permitted) for the scholarship, prior to the external competition held by the Trudeau Foundation. In order for your application to be considered by the panel at Oxford, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application using the Trudeau Foundation's online portal. You will need to create an account, which you will be able to do from 15th November 2019, and upload your application form and all the required documents (including references and transcripts for all previous years of study, but excluding the letter of nomination), as outlined on the Trudeau Foundation's website. Your completed application must be submitted via the portal by the Oxford panel's deadline of 03 January 2020.
  • References should be signed and clearly indicate the name and contact details of the referee. 
  • The application form and references must be written in English. 
  • You do not need to submit a nomination letter, as this will be added to your application if you are successful in being nominated by the Oxford panel.

Failure to submit all the application materials as instructed above, and in more detail on the Trudeau Foundation's website by the deadline, will mean that you cannot be considered for nomination by the Oxford panel.

For technical support relating to the Trudeau Foundation portal, please contact the Trudeau Foundation directly.

Please note following guidance from the Oxford panel when completing your application:

  • You need to explain explicitly how your research fulfils one or more of the four Trudeau themes.
  • You need to read the eligibility requirements carefully.
  • Your referees should make some attempt to show how you meet the Foundation’s criteria; references designed primarily to support applications for DPhil/PhD programmes may not fulfil this requirement adequately.
  • Your research proposals should be clearly written, stating the goal of the research, methodology, possible outcomes and how it meets the Trudeau objectives
Please note that in the event that you are selected to attend an interview in Canada, the University will not be able to cover travel expenses.