Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former Prime Minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, with the support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors, and holding public events, the Foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation promotes outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences, and fosters a fruitful dialogue between scholars and decision makers in the arts community, business, government, and civil society organizations. The Foundation:

  • encourages emerging talent by awarding scholarships to the most talented doctoral students in Canada and abroad;
  • entrusts fellows and mentors distinguished for their knowledge and wisdom with the mission to build an intellectual community to support the work of the scholars; and
  • creates and maintains an international network of fellows, scholars, and mentors.

Learn more about the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation here.


2023 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship Recipient

Pierre Elliott Trudeau 2023-24 recipient Lily-Cannelle MathieuLily-Cannelle Mathieu is a Ph.D. student in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at McGill. She holds a master's degree from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), in the framework of which she studied knowledge transfer and mobilization, critical algorithm studies, and the sociology of culture and conducted qualitative research for Québec's Ministry of Culture and Communications. She also holds a Joint Honours bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Art History from McGill and a CÉGEP degree in Fashion Design. Lily-Cannelle is a Vanier (SSHRC), FRQSC and Trudeau doctoral scholar and is the current President of Montréal's International Ethnographic Film Festival (FIFEQ-Montréal).

With her doctoral research, she proposes a phenomenological, sensorial and feminist approach to computer vision artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Her project, which tackles the question of form, puts forward a creative take on what contemporary ethnographical fieldwork is and can be and reflections on what constitutes cultural alterity today among and beyond humans. She hopes to contribute to the development of more human sensibility in the study of AI and to a greater consideration for issues of cultural and social justice in the governance and industrial use of the technology.

Lily-Cannelle is very grateful to be part of the PETF's 2023 cohort alongside 13 brilliant scholars studying across Canada and internationally and to work with the inspiring mentors and fellows accompanying her cohort.

See the Trudeau Foundation website to find out more about her research.

2021 Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship Recipient

Anick Desrosiers is a doctoral student at McGill University's School of Social Work. Building upon her intimate, professional, and academic experience of life on the streets, Anick has established and led a community of practice in mental health and homelessness, as well as a psychotherapeutic outreach program for people experiencing homelessness, in collaboration with Doctors of the World Canada. She currently accompanies unsheltered women at Montreal's La rue des Femmes.

With and for the homeless people, and in support of field workers, she commits, through an ethnographic approach, to furthering our collective understanding of the impacts of the traumatic life courses that precede and follow the experience of life on the street, that they may be better taken into account. Known for her determination and her ability to turn knowledge into collaborative action, she hopes to continue to mobilize people towards forming a society that is proud of the active care that it embodies, where each human being can find a roof and a sense of belonging in their community.

See the Trudeau Foundation website to find out more about her research.

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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University.

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