Up to five individuals a year who show themselves to be entrepreneurs through their research achievements, indispensable creativity, and their commitment to the community are lucky to be selected for the Trudeau Fellowship, presented by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Janine Brodie, a political scientist at the University of Alberta, is one of five to receive this fellowship. This is also the first fellowship bestowed on the University of Alberta.

Candidates are nominated countrywide and abroad and are appointed after an in-depth selection process.

The candidates are part of the fellowship for three years and receive a total award of $225,000 towards their research.

Brodie focuses her research on citizenship and social governance, which includes poverty reduction strategies across Canada.

Her life seems to have circled around itself in the strangest of ways. Brodie was 16 years old when she witnessed the election of Pierre Trudeau as the Liberal Party leader.

Since the inception of the fellowship in 2002, 38 nominees have been selected for the fellowship for their achievements in four focused fields: Human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada in the world, and people and their natural environment.

For more information visit www.trudeaufoundation.ca.