Dorothy Killam Fellowship

A Dorothy Killam Fellow is relieved of teaching and administrative duties for the period of the fellowship. The funds are intended to assist the institution to cover the costs of replacement of the applicant while still paying regular salary and benefits during the 2-year fellowship period. Recipients must obtain support for research and laboratory costs from other sources. All fellowship dispersals are administered to the existing research institution of the applicant. Dorothy Killam Fellows may be recognized at the annual National Killam Celebration of Excellence event.


Equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to achieving research excellence. The National Killam Program encourages applications from candidates whose research has consequence and impact, setting precedents and yielding transformative results that serve to build Canada’s future through advanced study. To be eligible, applicants:
  • demonstrate commitment to building Canada’s future and alignment with Killam attributes;
  • are mid-career researchers who usually completed their PhD no more than 15 years prior, though special circumstances may result in applicants being more or less than 15 years post-PhD;
  • must be employed by a university or other research institute for the duration of the fellowship (2 years) and will submit a proof of employment;
  • may not have already been awarded a fellowship from the Killam Program of the Canada Council for the Arts. Please note that National Killam Program Office employees, members of the National Killam Program Advisory Board, or the Selection Committee may not apply.
  • consent to disclose any information that may constitute a significant departure from generally-recognized standards of public behaviour and which is seen to undermine the public reputation of the National Killam Program.
How to Apply: 

The Dorothy Killam Fellowships provide support to scholars of exceptional ability by granting them time to pursue research projects of broad significance and widespread interest within the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering or studies linking any of these disciplines.

External Deadline: 
Thursday, June 13, 2024
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