Killam Research Fellowships



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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Application Guidelines [PDF, 202.5 KB].

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Program Description

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Every year the Killam Program offers awards to outstanding Canadian scholars working in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering. These awards are among Canada’s most distinguished research awards. They are made possible through the Killam Trusts by a bequest of Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam, and a gift she made before her death in 1965. Recipients are chosen by a committee of 15 eminent Canadian scholars appointed by the Canada Council.


15 May, 2016: (for 2017 fellowships)

Note that your institution (generally a university or research institute) must authorize your submission and may have an internal deadline before the Canada Council deadline.

If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application and all required support material must be submitted electronically on or before the deadline. The support material that you are allowed to submit as hard copies must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.

The Canada Council for the Arts will not accept applications postmarked after the deadline date, incomplete applications, or those submitted by fax or email.

Prize Amount

A fellowship from this program provides two full years of release time, beginning no later than 1 January following notification of the fellowship (you may not request less than the full two-year fellowship period). The support for the second year depends on approval of your interim report.

Killam Research Fellowships are valued at $70,000 per year. The funds assist your institution to cover the costs of replacing you (while still paying your regular salary and benefits) during the two-year fellowship period.

You must obtain support for research and laboratory costs from other sources.


There are no hard-copy application forms: you must submit your request through the Canada Council’s online application system at

Access to the online form
To gain access to the internet form, send an email to the Killam Program ( requesting a user name, password and personal identification number (PIN). Note that the Killam Program has the right to verify a potential applicant’s eligibility before issuing the requested access information.

Applicant Eligibility

Applications must be submitted by individuals, and not by their institutions (however, applicants must obtain their approval).

Killam Research Fellowships are intended as release time from employment for established scholars who have demonstrated outstanding research ability and who have published the results of their research in substantial publications in their field. Typically, a fellowship recipient is a full professor in a Canadian university with significant teaching and/or administrative responsibilities. Researchers who are employed in settings such as a hospital or a scientific institute etc. may qualify if they demonstrate outstanding ability and their proposed project meets generally accepted standards of scholarly merit.

Killam Research Fellows are expected to continue contributing to the Canadian research community after they have completed their fellowship project.

To be eligible, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

In keeping with the Canada Council’s commitment to equity and inclusion, the Killam Program encourages the participation of women scholars and researchers.

Ineligible applicants
  • You are not eligible if you are retired.
  • You are not eligible if you are not employed by a university or other research institute.
  • You may not apply if you have already been awarded a fellowship from the Killam Program of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Project Eligibility

You must present a coherent project with a clearly stated objective and well-defined plan for reaching that objective. The award is not intended as a subsidy for the overall research or teaching program of a department, institute or centre, and it is not offered for work undertaken as part of a degree program.
Your proposed research project should be conducted within a university or research institute that shows adequate interest in your project, including its willingness to provide basic facilities and other forms of assistance.

Killam Research Fellowship recipients who are Canadian citizens may conduct their fellowship-supported research in Canada and/or elsewhere. Killam Research Fellowship recipients who are permanent residents must use their fellowship primarily in Canada.

Institutional requirements

All financial reports due for previous Killam Research Fellowships must be submitted and approved before the application deadline for this program component. Institutions with overdue Killam Research Fellowship final reports will be unable to approve applications for these research fellowships and will be ineligible tor nominate anyone for future prizes from the Canada Council for the Arts until all overdue reporting requirements have been met.

The Canadian university or research institute employing you must agree to accept and administer the Killam Research Fellowship funds, under the terms set out by the Killam Program. Your institution will receive the fellowship funds and is expected to relieve you of all teaching and administrative responsibilities. It must continue paying your full salary and benefits during the entire period of the fellowship.

Assessment criteria

Fellowships will be offered to those applicants considered outstanding by the committee. Both the specialists consulted by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Killam Selection Committee will assess each proposal based on the following criteria.

For the project
• Scholarly significance of the project.
• Creativity, originality and potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge.
• Appropriateness and clarity of the theoretical approach, formulation of hypotheses and statement of problems.
• Appropriateness of the research plans and methods, considering the objectives of the project.
• Appropriateness of the proposed schedule for carrying out the research.
• Accessibility of the required data.
• Where this applies, the social relevance and/or practical importance of the project.

For the applicant
• Qualifications and achievements.
• Experience in areas related to the proposal.

Further Information

Luiza Pereira, Program Officer

Prizes Section
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