Trudeau Foundation Awards $2.7 Million in Scholarships to Fifteen Doctoral Students

    $180,000 Each to Tackle Today's Critical Social Issues

    MONTREAL, May 20 /CNW/ - The careers of fifteen young PhD students got a
turbo-charge today, thanks to $2.7 million worth of scholarships bestowed upon
them by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. The Trudeau Scholarships, worth
up to $180,000 each, will help the students advance research on crucial topics
such as affordable housing, gambling addiction, water supply management,
assistance to refugees, and health worker migration. The Scholars are all
actively engaged in their fields and expected to become leading national and
international authorities on issues that affect local and global societies.
    The 2009 Trudeau Scholars are:

    -   Martine August (Planning, University of Toronto) researches
        gentrification, affordable shelter, and other implications of recent
        approaches to replace public housing in Toronto.

    -   Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry (Law, Harvard University) is examining social
        exclusion in Latin America with a view to promote equality and better
        integration of various social groups.

    -   Magaly Brodeur (Public Policy Analysis and Management, Ecole
        nationale d'administration publique) studies the social
        responsibility of the Quebec lottery board and other stakeholders in
        the prevention of pathological gambling for the elderly.

    -   Kathryn Chan (Law, McGill University) is looking into ways to
        modernize the law to better support or regulate voluntary and
        not-for-profit organizations in Canada.

    -   Isabelle Chouinard (Health Services Research, University of Calgary)
        is consulting with various healthcare professionals to develop a
        framework for a more ethical care.

    -   Simon Collard-Wexler (Political Science, Columbia University) is
        focusing on arms control agreements and violations, and on how Canada
        can help develop more effective policies.

    -   Christopher Cox (Linguistics, University of Alberta) is working on an
        approach to document endangered languages, especially Plautdietsch,
        the traditional language of the Mennonites, which is still spoken in
        some communities in Canada.

    -   Tamil Kendall (Interdisciplinary, University of British Columbia) is
        exploring how to improve mother-to-child HIV prevention in Mexico.

    -   Jean-Michel Landry (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley)
        is studying Christian fundamentalism in the United States, and
        especially how some forms of exclusion and intolerance take root in
        religious experience.

    -   Laura Madokoro (History, University of British Columbia) is exploring
        the shifting conceptions and politics that govern aid and assistance
        to refugees in Canada and abroad.

    -   Lindsey Richardson (Sociology, University of Oxford) is studying the
        impact of employment on injection drug users' well-being, social
        inclusion and health.

    -   Mark Lawrence Santiago (Human Geography, University of British
        Columbia) aims to contribute to improved policies towards an ethical
        and sustainable recruitment of Filipino health workers in Canada.

    -   Jeremy Schmidt (Geography, University of Western Ontario) is focused
        on the ethical values of water users to inform an updated water
        policy in Alberta, in a context of potential water crisis.

    -   Lisa Szabo (English and Film Studies, University of Alberta) wants to
        use Canadian poetry to cultivate and sustain affiliation and care for
        the local environment.

    -   David Theodore (Architecture and Urban Planning, Harvard University)
        is studying the architecture of healthcare buildings as a form of
        medical technology influencing health care.

    "Trudeau Scholarships not only accelerate the careers of those who
receive them, but also enable recipients to make a significant contribution to
Canada and to Canadians. We reward excellence and provide young doctorate
students with the best conditions to ground their work in the real world,"
said Foundation President P.G. Forest.
    The annual $60,000 bursaries, for up to four years, subsidize tuition
fees and living expenses and allow the Scholars to travel for research and
scholarly networking and knowledge dissemination. The Trudeau Scholarships are
the most generous awards of their kind in Canada.
    In addition to receiving financial support, Trudeau Scholars benefit from
the expertise and knowledge of Trudeau Fellows and Mentors, highly
accomplished individuals in the Trudeau Foundation community who lead in both
academic and non-academic settings. Interaction with non-academic milieus,
including public policy networks and the public at large, is a key component
of the Trudeau Scholarship program.
    The Foundation's Summer Institute, held May 18-22 this year in Gananoque
in the heart of the Thousand Islands, will be 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. We support outstanding
individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical social issues. To
date, the Foundation has granted close to 200 major awards to top researchers
and highly accomplished individuals, in Canada and abroad. More at

    Note to editors: Biographical information and photographs available upon

For further information:

For further information: Source: Elise Comtois, The Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation, (514) 938-0001 ext. 224; Media Contact (English): Josh
Cobden or Sheryl So, Environics Communications, (416) 920-9000; Media Contact
(French): Alida Alepian or Yvon Desautels, Capital-Image, (514) 739-1188 ext.
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