Doctoral student Wendell Adjetey awarded Trudeau Foundation scholarship

May 27, 2014

Wendell Adjetey, a doctoral student in history and African-American studies, is one of 14 recipients of the Trudeau Foundation scholarship, considered the most prestigious doctoral award for the social sciences and humanities in Canada.

The scholarship supports outstanding doctoral students who are committed to solving issues of critical importance to Canada and the world. In addition to an annual grant of up to $60,000 for a three-year period, the foundation scholars will benefit from the expertise and knowledge of the network of foundation fellows and mentors.

Adjetey is currently pursuing a joint Ph.D. in history and African-American studies. His doctoral research examines the ways in which African North Americans and their diasporic counterparts forged transnational freedom linkages around civil rights and organized labor in the inter- and post-war years.

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. The foundation’s actions are focused on four major themes that reflect central questions critical to society: Human Rights and Dignity, Responsible Citizenship, Canada in the World, and People and their Natural Environment. By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors, and holding public interaction events, the foundation “brings together thinkers and decision-makers from all walks of public life who form a critical, informed, and engaged network to collaborate on the transformation of great ideas into concrete improvements for Canada and the world.” In 2002, with the unanimous support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the foundation, which also receives donations from the private sector.