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Two McGill doctoral students named Trudeau Scholars


Trudeau Foundation scholarships awarded to Geography and Political Science researchers
Two of this year’s 15 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarships have been awarded to McGill University doctoral students. Julia Christensen, Dept. of Geography, and Mark Mattner, Dept. of Political Science, have each received a coveted Trudeau Scholarship, Canada’s largest social sciences and humanities doctoral award.

Trudeau Scholarships have a value of $50,000 a year over up to four years and support Canada’s brightest up-and-coming researchers in advancing their work on topics including the environment, natural resources and energy, communications, international trade and vulnerable people.

Christensen’s award will allow for further research in addressing housing and homelessness issues in the Northwest Territories. Mattner’s research project will analyze how local communities in Chad and Nigeria can participate in, and benefit from oil drilling on their lands.

“The Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships are extremely prestigious awards, and McGill is enormously proud of our two winners,” Denis Thérien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) said. “Julia Christensen and Mark Mattner are exceptional individuals who exemplify what McGill aims to foster in its students: determination, commitment, leadership, and excellence. They are tomorrow’s leaders.”

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.

Since its inception in 2002, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has granted nearly 150 major awards to top researchers and highly accomplished individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical issues of the day.


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