External + Government Awards

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Three-year program to train creative and engaged leaders, equipping outstanding doctoral candidates with tools to share and apply their research in their institutions and communities.

See Award Application Tips to learn more about the application process for External/Government Funded Awards.

Deadline to Apply:
January 5, 2021

Award Value:
$40,000/year, plus $20,000 for travel/year for 3 years

Candidate Eligibility:

  • Doctoral students in first 3 years of a full-time program
  • Canadian citizens, at a Canadian or an international institution;
  • International students enrolled in a doctoral program at a Canadian institution

Learn more about the Foundation by reading through the experiences of the Fellows. 

This year, the selection process will be slightly different, all candidates will apply directly to the Foundation via a new application platform. There will be no SFU internal process or deadline.

Upcoming Scholars session: Monday, December 14th at 11:00 AM EST - register here.

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How to Apply

Check eligibility

Confirm that you meet all the criteria below before you apply. Check that your research in the humanities or social sciences relates to one of the Foundations' four themes

Register for the Foundation's Application portal.

Register on the site as soon as possible.

Fill out the Application

Get in touch with your referees (2 are required), upload transcripts covering your entire post-secondary education in one PDF document. 

Official transcripts are not required for your application, but you may be asked to provide official copies if your application is successful. 

Submit your Application on the Trudeau portal by January 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m EST

Follow the application instructions here and visit their FAQs page. Any technical issues, please contact bourses@fondationtrudeau.ca

Suggestions for Reference Letters

Once you have entered the name and email address of your referees in the space provided in the application form, an email will automatically be sent to the referees, asking them to complete a predetermined referral form directly on the Foundation’s application portal. Referees must complete the predetermined referral form, which includes both narrative answers and numerical evaluations. We are no longer asking referees to upload their reference letter in PDF format on our application portal. We advise that you follow up with your referees to ensure they submit the completed form on time, by January 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m EST.

Check the FAQs on Trudeau Foundation website for further information 

Competition Timeline

October 27
2021 Application period opens on Trudeau Foundation website
January 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST Deadline to submit an application directly to the Foundation 
February 10
Invitation to semi-finalists for Round One of the selection process
February 23-25 Round One: Virtual group interviews and information sessions with semi-finalists 
March 1 Invitation to finalists for Round Two of the selection process
March 24-26 Round Two: Final interviews with members of the Application and Nomination Review Committee  
Official announcement of 2021 Scholars

SFU Transcripts

You can download your SFU unofficial and/or order them through goSFU account. If you need any help with scanning or combining transcripts, our office can help by sending email to gpsaward@sfu.ca