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Meet the 2017 fellows

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of its annual research and engagement fellowships. Every year, the Foundation awards up to five fellowships to intellectuals in the humanities and social sciences 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 Canada and the world. This year’s fellows will conduct research on Indigenous water governance in Canada, the protection of human rights in Latin America, how citizenship evolves through private refugee sponsorship, girls’ agency in fighting sexual violence, and the reclamation of Arctic cultural heritage. +

Save the date: Essential Ideas

Join us in Montréal, Quebec, on 15-17 November 2017 to explore trends that challenge our views on democracy, community, and security, and to meet innovative leaders who are shaping the future. Topics include the reinvention of Montréal, imagining the Indigenous future, the impact of big data and the new media landscape, the emergence of extremism, and youth and 21st century conflict. +

Who will our next scholars be?

The Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 doctoral scholarship competition in the humanities and social sciences. 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. +


30 years of the Montreal Protocol on the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Sébastien Jodoin, 2011 scholar, Le Devoir.

Global challenges facing water governance

Jeremy J. Schmidt, 2009 scholar, Palgrave Macmillan. 

How to heal the scars of Canada's war on drugs

Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, and Meaghan Thumath, scholars, Ottawa Citizen. +

Canada’s gender-based violence prevention strategy

Vathsala Illesinghe, 2017 scholar, Policy Options.

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The Foundation team is growing

This week, the Foundation welcomes two new recruits: Ryme-Aurélie Sadik as assistant of outreach and governance and Sarah Saublet as program officer for fellowships and mentorships. Welcome! 

An important step towards financial sustainability

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is pleased to announce that it has completed a revision to its investment policy, updating it with the latest directives of the Minister of Finance on endowment investment. Like other organizations endowed by the Government of Canada, the Foundation will now be allowed to manage the Fund according to a diversified investment policy; we expect this will strengthen the long-term sustainability of the Fund. The Foundation is still counting on the support of its generous donors to complement the annual funding of its unique scholarships, fellowships, mentorships, and public interaction initiatives.

Strengthening food security networks across Canada’s North

As part of the Foundation’s targeted areas of inquiry initiative, scholars Sophia Murphy (2013) and Anelyse Weiler (2015) received support in 2016-2017 to carry out a project entitled Strengthening Northern food security. They have been working with food security organizations in Canada’s North to ensure that Northerners' policy priorities are heard loud and clear in Canada’s South.

The importance of relationships after foster care

2014 scholar Melanie Doucet, herself a former youth in care, is the new head of “Relationships Matter,” a collaborative project by Fostering Change / the Vancouver Foundation.

Pre annual conference survey

Two workshops will immediately precede this year's annual forum in Montréal. On Tuesday 14 November, Foundation fellows and alumni scholars will kick-start a national conversation on the value of publicly engaged scholarship in the academy. Hiring, promotion, tenure - all will be on the table as we explore ways to encourage relevant, socially grounded research and engagement. See the program here.

On Wednesday 15 November, Foundation's members are invited to discuss ethical issues in social science research. Please tell us what you think are the most important ethical issues in social science research: answer the short survey now (deadline: 25 September).

Sara Pavan a Killam postdoctoral fellow

Congratulations to 2013 scholar Sara Pavan, one of four 2017 Killam postdoctoral fellows. This fall, Pavan will join the political science department at UBC to conduct postdoctoral research on the psychological underpinnings of immigrants’ exercise of their political voice. 

William Hébert: Winner of the 2017 Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize

Earlier this month, the Association for Queer Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association awarded 2015 scholar William Hébert the 2017 Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize for outstanding anthropological scholarship on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans* topic. 

Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

On 7 September, 2005 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The 89 new RSC fellows of diverse backgrounds and disciplines were chosen by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement. 

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Mark Your Calendars!

> Big Thinking lecture on the diversity dividend
21 September | Ottawa, Ontario

> Five lessons for fordward-looking foundations
18 October | Montréal, Quebec

> Valuing engaged scholarship (Foundation community only)
14 November | Montréal, Quebec

> Ethical issues in social science research (Foundation community only)
15 November | Montréal, Quebec

> Essential Ideas
15-17 November | Montréal, Quebec

> Victoria Forum: Canada @150, Promoting Diversity & Inclusion
17-20 November | Victoria, British Columbia

> Deadline for the 2018 general and visiting research fellowship applications
4 December 2017 | Online

> Deadline for the 2018 doctoral scholarship applications 
8 December 2017 | Online

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

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

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