Trudeau Foundation awards $2.5M to scholars tackling key Canadian issues

Prestigious Trudeau Scholarships Awarded to 14 Doctoral Students

MONTREAL, May 17 /CNW/ - Today, fourteen talented Canadian and foreign Ph.D. students will each receive the prestigious $180,000 Trudeau Scholarship, joining a community of creative, accomplished thinkers and doers tackling issues of fundamental importance to Canadians. Trudeau Scholarships are among the most coveted awards of their kind in Canada, and are granted to social sciences and humanities students who are examining matters of present-day concern to Canadians in key areas such as the environment, international affairs, responsible citizenship, and human rights and dignity. Many Trudeau Scholars go on to become leading national and international figures.

In addition to the generous financial prize, Trudeau Scholars benefit from the expertise and knowledge of Trudeau Fellows and Mentors, highly accomplished individuals in the Trudeau community who are leaders in both academic and non-academic settings. Interaction in non-academic situations, including public policy networks and public forums, is a key component of the Trudeau Scholarship program.

The 2011 Trudeau Scholars are:

  • Hassan El Menyawi (Sociology, New York University) is examining individual and collective strategies in Muslim communities to reduce homophobic persecution.

  • Alana Gerecke (English, Simon Fraser University) is exploring how public performance art can shape and improve social behaviours in our cities.

  • Claris Harbon (Law, McGill University) is focusing on how civil disobedience initiated by women can affect legislation.

  • Sébastien Jodoin (Environmental Studies, Yale University) is reviewing how human rights can support, guide or constrain environmental policy-making.

  • Brent Loken (Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University) is analyzing how local communities can prevent the degradation of the Indonesian forest.

  • Alexandra Lysova (Criminology, University of Toronto) is researching women's attitudes in situations of recurring domestic violence.

  • Johnny Mack (Law, University of Victoria) is investigating how the traditional socio-political and legal framework of the Nuu-chah-nulth people (a group of First Nations peoples living on the west coast of Vancouver Island) can be reformed to better suit today's realities.

  • Mélanie Millette (Communication, Université du Québec à Montréal) is analyzing how social media can provide visibility and legitimacy to minority or marginalized groups.

  • Danielle Peers (Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta) is assessing how the perceptions held by Canadians influence the rights and opportunities of disabled citizens.

  • Graham Reynolds (Law, University of Oxford) is weighing the impact of new copyright laws on the balance between the rights of copyright owners and freedom of expression

  • Lara Rosenoff (Anthropology, University of British Columbia) is studying how violence and displacement in Northern Uganda have interrupted the transmission of moral and cultural knowledge between generations.

  • Marina Sharpe (Law, University of Oxford) is questioning the African human rights regime and its role in effectively protecting refugees.

  • Zoe Todd (Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen) is examining the impact of mining development in the Northwest Territories on women's subsistence fishing.

  • Laure Waridel (Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Graduate Institute of International Studies and Université du Québec à Montréal) is exploring a vision of sustainable development that reconciles ecological, social and economic viability.

"Trudeau Scholarships not only accelerate the careers of the doctoral students who receive them, but also enable recipients to make a constructive contribution to Canada and Canadians," said Foundation President P.G. Forest. "The Trudeau Foundation rewards excellence and provides young researchers with the best conditions to ground their work in the real world."

The Foundation's Summer Institute, held this year May 16-20 in Whistler, BC is the new Scholars' first introduction to the Trudeau community.

About the Foundation
An independent and non-partisan Canadian charity, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former Prime Minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of $125 million following a unanimous vote in the House of Commons. In addition, the Foundation benefits from private sector donations in support of specific initiatives.

Note to editors: Biographical information and photographs available upon request.

SOURCE Trudeau Foundation

For further information:

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Élise Comtois
Trudeau Foundation
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Olivia Yu
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