Scholarships & funding opportunities

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (PETF) Scholarship

The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation (PETF) Scholarship offers a three-year leadership program designed to train Engaged Leaders, equipping doctoral candidates with the skills to translate their ideas into action, for the betterment of their communities, Canada, and the world. Up to 16 Scholars will be selected for the leadership program, in addition to receiving generous funding for their studies.

  • Number of scholarships 16
  • Value Up to $60,000
  • Opens 27 October 2020
  • Deadline 5 January 2021
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs, Travel costs, Equipment and study costs, Study abroad costs
  • Duration Up to 3 years


1) You must be already accepted into or in year one, two, or three of a full-time doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences

2) Your doctoral work must relate to at least one of the Foundation’s Four Themes:

  • Human Rights and Dignity
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Canada and the World
  • People and their Natural Environment

3) Be a Canadian citizen studying at a Canadian or foreign institution, or a non-Canadian (permanent resident or foreign national) enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution

Further Information

Further information on the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholarship can be found on the Foundation's website.

How to apply

Candidates who are committed to a three-year leadership program and who meet the eligibility criteria can apply directly to the Foundation through the application portal on the Foundation's website.

Please review the complete details on the application process on the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation website.

In order to apply, applicants must: ​

  1. Register for an account on the Foundation’s new application portal (click “Register Here” button)*;
  2. Once registration is complete, create an application for the 2021 Competition; and
  3. Complete and submit the application before the deadline.

Application deadline: January 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation website - Become a Scholar