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NOTE: Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have extended the deadline for submitting nominations for these prizes to June 30, 2020. We have also enabled nominations to be submitted electronically through a dedicated email address: killam-prizes@canadacouncil.ca.

Killam Prizes

CCA Killam Prize 2020


The Canada Council Killam Prize recognizes and celebrates our most inspiring scholars and thought leaders.

Killam Program

What is this prize?

The Killam Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have distinguished themselves through sustained excellence, making a significant impact in their respective fields in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering.

Prize amount

Up to five prizes of $100,000 each (one prize per discipline)

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by an expert in the same field as the nominee.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among all nominees.

Read the Killam Prizes Guidelines for eligibility criteria and the nomination form.

Visit the Killam Program website for more information on the Killam Prizes.



Who created this prize?

These prizes, which are among most distinguished research awards in Canada, were established by the Killam Trusts thanks to a gift and bequest from Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her husband, Izaak Walton Killam, and his outstanding achievements.

Contact information

Luiza Pereira

Program Officer

E-mail: killam-prizes@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4086

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4086

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

June 2020


Prize Amount


By Nomination

Cumulative list of winners

We are committed to equity in all our activities, including the administration of our prizes and awards.