Carleton University doctoral students Patricia Bérubé in Cultural Mediations and Abigail Curlew in Sociology are among 20 recipients of a scholarship in the social sciences and humanities presented by The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Bérubé has completed video game studies and has spent several years working as a 3D artist, both on television and in the medical simulation community. She also studied Art History.

As part of her master’s project, Bérubé designed and produced two tactile prototypes to translate the colors and content of a work by Alfred Pellan. Her research focuses on accessibility and the renewal of the museum experience for audiences with vision disabilities. She hopes to make museums more accessible by developing multi-sensory approaches, using tactile elements and audio descriptions of colour and visual art.

“I am honoured to receive a Pierre Eliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship,” said Bérubé. “I am pleased to see my research in accessibility recognized by the foundation as relevant for human rights. Beyond the scholarship itself, I can’t wait to work and collaborate with this community of scholars, fellows and mentors. Thanks to the scholarship, I will travel around the world to see the best practices in terms of accessibility within world-renowned museums.”

Curlew is a journalist, doctoral researcher and trans feminist who specializes in advocacy around LGBTQ+ human rights, surveillance studies and research around social media, doxxing and trolls.

She is planning a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHERC) investigating practices and strategies of anti-transgender trolls and digital vigilantes. She is also writing a book titled DIY Gender Police: Doxxing, (Trans)Misogyny, and the Blight of Far-Right Digital Abuse for Between the Lines Press.

“I am honoured to be among this diverse and critical cohort of scholars chosen for funding,” said Curlew. “As far as I know, I’m the first trans woman to be chosen for this scholarship and I am ecstatic to receive support for my research into digital far-right extremists and the intense harassment and abuse that trans feminine activists, journalists and scholars face.  I am excited to encourage the foundation to award research funding to more trans scholars in the future.”

About the Foundation Scholarships
Over their three-year doctoral scholarship, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholars work with an engaged and inspiring community of fellows, mentors and other scholars who support their professional growth. Scholars’ $60,000 annual scholarship package includes a $20,000 annual travel and networking allowance that facilitates fieldwork and helps scholars organize and participate in research initiatives, conferences and foundation events. Since the program’s inception in 2003, the foundation has awarded 232 scholarships for an investment of nearly $24 million in Canada’s intellectual leadership. The call for applications for the 2019 scholarship competition will open in the fall of 2018.

About the Foundation
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. In 2002, with the support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. The foundation also benefits from private donations. By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors and holding public events, the foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world and people and their natural environment.

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