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A few days left to nominate candidates for the 2018 fellowships

Nominators may submit applications for the 2018 fellowship program until 4 December 2017. Our fellows contribute to the Foundation's intellectual leadership. They are intellectuals who are recognized for their productivity, their commitment to communicating their findings to the public, and their ability to devise innovative solutions to some of the major issues facing society. Check online for details. +

Who will our next scholars be?

Universities have until 8 December 2017 to nominate candidates for the 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship competition. Our scholars are outstanding Canadian or foreign students who are interested in growing in a multidisciplinary learning environment and in addressing important questions for Canada and the world. Check the eligibility criteria online. +

Recent Events

Essential Ideas: Better understanding major issues today

On 15-17 November in Montréal, 160 people attended Essential Ideas, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s 14th annual forum. Five plenary bilingual sessions and 18 break-out sessions maximized interactions and learning among citizens, decision makers, thinkers, and practitioners. Watch the video of the forum’s opening dinner as 2011 Foundation fellow Steven Loft from the Canada Council for the Arts interviews three Indigenous artists from Quebec – 2014 fellow Jason Edward Lewis, Samian, and Skawennati – about their vision for an Indigenous future imaginary.

International Conference on End-of-Life Law

Last September in Halifax, scholars Samuel Blouin, Benjamin Gagnon Chainey, and Caroline Lieffers attended the International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice co-organized by 2015 fellow Jocelyn Downie as part of Downie's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellowship project. Here, the scholars share their highlights of an event that spanned such disciplines as law, medicine, nursing, philosophy, and bioethics, and was attended by practitioners, academics, NGOs, regulators, and policymakers. 

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Defining Indigenous homelessness from an Indigenous perspective

Jesse Thistle, 2016 scholar, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. +

Lessons from the last softwood lumber disputes

Elaine Feldman, 2016 mentor, The School of Public Policy Publications. 

Exploring empathy

Rebeccah Nelems, 2015 scholar, Brill Editions. +

On forest preservation

Sébastien Jodoin, 2011 scholar, Cambridge University Press. +

On sachet water consumption in Ghana

Cynthia Morinville, 2016 scholar, WIREs Water. +

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Valuing engaged scholarship

While we might be used to reading op-eds by Canadian scholars and seeing academics interviewed on TV, institutional support for researchers’ public engagement is not a given. Policy Options editor-in-chief Jennifer Ditchburn reflects on a workshop led by Foundation scholars and fellows on the topic.

The Foundation: A world of ideas to discover

On 12 November 2017, Montréal’s daily La Presse+ published Part I of a special dossier on the Foundation, tagging it as a cross between an innovative community, a vital meeting place, and an unique network. After researching the Foundation and interviewing some of its members, La Presse+’s journalist observed that scholars’, fellows’, and mentors’ thinking is anything but cut off from the real world: on the contrary, from Asia to Quebec, fellows Danielle Juteau, Jason Edward Lewis, Cleo Paskal, and René Provost spoke of how their projects thrive on the ground. Part II of the dossier, published the next day, gave the podium to fellows Bessma Momani and Catherine Potvin and to scholar Tammara Soma, who shared their visions of the economy of the future. On the menu: diversity, renewable energy, and the environment.

The City of Omens – Daniel Werb’s book deal

2012 Scholar Daniel Werb has signed a book deal with Bloomsbury US for a general interest non-fiction book based on his research in Tijuana, Mexico. To be published in 2019, The City of Omens will be a public-health true crime narrative dealing with immigration, drug war, human trafficking, and murders of Tijuana’s women.

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Mark Your Calendars!

> Deadline for 2018 general and visiting research fellowship applications
4 December | Online

> Deadline for 2018 doctoral scholarship applications 
8 December | Online

> Summer Institute (Foundation community only)
3-6 June 2018 | Newfoundland

> Summer Institute, optional add-on trip (Foundation community only)
7-10 June 2018 | Labrador

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