Trudeau Research Fellowships

Trudeau Fellowships are among Canada’s most prestigious awards. They are valued at $225,000 (over three years), and the title, “Trudeau Fellow” is awarded for life. Fellowships support outstanding individuals who have the drive and ability to take on some of the most critical issues of modern society, setting themselves apart through their research achievements, creativity, and social commitment to one or more of the Foundation’s four themes: Human Rights And Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World, People and their Natural Environment

Nomination Process:
Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian university or a Foundation Fellow. A complete nomination will consist of:

  • Nomination form (online)
  • Two-page background of the candidate
  • Nomination letter outlining candidate’s academic achievements and record of public engagement (no page limit; generally three to five pages long). Should reference:
    • Nominee’s intellectual gifts, especially for creative thinking at the highest international standards of their discipline
    • Nominee’s ability to communicate with other gifted thinkers and the general public
    • How a fellowship would enable the nominee to advance their work
    • Nominee’s commitment to work on issues related to the Foundation’s four themes
  • A detailed Trudeau project proposal (five to ten pages; references not required)
  • CV
  • Up to three publications, articles, or book chapters written by the candidate (no books)
  • Other material relevant to the nomination, such as articles about the candidate

Important Dates:
November 10, 2017        Draft Nomination Letters due to RDS (
December 4, 2017           Complete nominations uploaded to the Trudeau Foundation
May, 2018                        Nominees will be notified
September, 2018            Official public announcement

Potential nominators and nominees are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall at Research Development & Services ( regarding this opportunity.

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Kueneman, Karen
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