Posted: August 21st, 2005
Congratulations to Communication Studies graduate Caroline Caron, who won the 2005 Trudeau Foundation scholarship. Upon receipt of the prestigious award, Caron remarked, “The Trudeau Foundation scholarship is an absolutely unique program in Canada that supports doctoral students by offering them extraordinary opportunities for development, education and networking. Being a Trudeau Scholar enriched my doctoral experience and increased my intellectual productivity during my studies. Thanks to an annual travel allowance, I was able to take part in several colloquia across Canada, the US and England which all resulted in opportunities for enhanced learning, influential encounters, fruitful collaborations or invitations to publish my research results.
“The Foundation events also expanded my knowledge of contemporary world issues and gave me a glimpse of new and exciting professional prospects, such as public service, active politics or research and intervention on behalf of private and public, national and international organizations. Finally, I had the opportunity to strenghten my grasp of my second language – a truly valuable life-time asset! At the Trudeau Foundation I was inspired to find values and a vision of research and researchers that differ from the dominant university culture, which places top priority on academic performance. Rather than encourage doctoral students to focus solely on their studies and on intellectual production that is limited to restricted university circles, the Trudeau Foundation encourages its Scholars to keep up their social and political involvement during their studies, and even to take part in different kinds of public forums. This vision helped me reconcile my academic work with my various volunteer commitments with not-for-profit organizations. Without the support of the Foundation, it would have been difficult to maintain such a high level of community involvement during my studies.
“Thanks to the Trudeau Foundation, I completed the components of my doctoral work under optimal research conditions that deeply nourished and transformed my intellectual journey and the course of my research. Such ideal research conditions provide the space of true intellectual freedom and autonomy that is essential to any democratic society.”