Trudeau Fellowship 2020

Updated Information

The theme for 2020-2023 cycle has been announced.


Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation


The Foundation launches an application process to attract candidates wishing to become Fellows.  Candidates may be prompted to apply by actors in a variety of sectors of practice, by individuals in university communities, by civil society groups, or by members of the Foundation community.

Each year, the Foundation and its scientific committee decide on a scientific theme (the “scientific cycle”) upon which the new members (Fellows and Mentors) will be selected. The theme for 2020-2023 cycle is Technology and Ethics, with a particular focus on ethical issues pertaining to biotechnologies and the incorporation of artificial intelligence in the area of health care.


Each year, the Foundation selects up to five (5) Fellows who are:

  • Top-level researchers and professors in the social sciences and humanities. Early-career researchers and professors are encouraged to put forward their candidacy as much as candidates with extensive experience

  • Intellectuals rooted in their communities, with experience in community-based projects, and with an interest in experiential learning

  • Gifted and original teachers

  • Catalysts for change

  • Bold, inspired thinkers

We actively encourage applications from: Canadians and foreign professors from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds; persons with disabilities; from all gender identifications and sexual orientations; as well as from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.


The Fellows will receive financial compensation corresponding to the activities for which they have been selected (training, teaching, sharing and planning). In accordance with the services rendered, the Fellows will receive up to a maximum of $50,000 per year for three (3) years.

The Fellows are required to attend at least one (1) Institute during their term of office (first year), in addition to the General Conference (second year) and the dissemination activity (third year). The Foundation provides a Travel Allowance of up to $15,000 per year for three (3) years, to enable them to participate in these events, to actively engage with the community and to benefit from learning opportunities.

The Fellows’ commitments

Fellows chosen by the Foundation commit themselves to the following over three years:

  1. Participate in a strategic planning retreat with the Foundation community for one week (expected date, May 2020)

  2. Conceive one intensive seminar (1 week)based on their area of expertise and relating to the theme of the current scientific cycle

    • Half the seminar should relate to texts that influenced the Fellows and can shed light on their intellectual journeys (which thinkers inspired them?). The other half should be grounded in their own writings in relation to the scientific cycle and to engaged leadership. First and foremost, the seminar should instill in Scholars a desire for enlightened action.

    • Fellows have the mission to create a curriculum for Scholars.

    • Run seminars through an intensive week of teaching, every morning for up to seven (7) days.

  3. Work with Mentors, who will organize afternoon activities, and direct end-of-day discussions (debriefing workshops).

  4. Participate actively in the planning and organization of the General Conference led by Scholars during their second year.

  5. Work with the Scholars and Mentors on an initiative to disseminate the learnings from their Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation experience. This may take many forms: from a publication to a theatrical performance, from a fundraising gala to the organizing of a series of prizes. This initiative will help broaden public appreciation for the positive impacts of the program (to take place in the third year).


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Submit your Expression of Interest (details below) to

External Deadline

Full application package is due to the sponsor.  Please also submit a copy of the application and OR-5 to

How to Apply

Apply through the Office of Research by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to by the internal deadline.

An Expression of Interest will include:

  • A draft letter (two-three pages) addressed to the VPR which outlines how you/your nominee meets the criteria outlined on the Trudeau Foundation website;
  • An up-to-date CV (up to 10 pages) for nominee (and each member of the team, if applicable); and
  • A short letter or email from your Associate Dean (Research) or College Research Manager indicating the College's support for the nomination.

​Your EOI will be reviewed and assessed by the Honours and Awards Advisory Committee.

For more information, please contact

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