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Killam Research Fellowships

These awards, which are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, provide support to scholars of exceptional ability who are engaged in research projects of broad significance and widespread interest. Killam Research Fellowships are intended 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, the recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship is a full professor in a Canadian university. Fellowships are awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to support scholars doing research in any of the following fields: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering, studies linking any of the disciplines within these fields.

Nomination Process

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

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

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.

A completed application will consist of the following

1. A completed online application form, including:

  • description of present/projected teaching load, as well as load from past two years;
  • intended period and location of fellowship tenure;
  • one-page non-technical project summary;
  • six-page detailed project description (plus optional one-page bibliography);
  • linked CommonCV;
  • full career list of publications and list of five most significant research contributions;
  • any co-investigators on the project; and
  • four Canadian or foreign specialists who could act as referees.

2. Original, signed cover letter (generated at the time of online form submission)
3. A copy of proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency (for permanent residents: a letter from your institution confirming firm appointment)
4. Forty copies of any figures/diagrams in the detailed project description


If you intend to submit an application, please contact Grace Kim, Assistant Director, Development, ROADS, at 

 All applications require Department and Faculty endorsement. Once ROADS has received approval from your Department Chair and Associate Dean Research, a Senior Advisor will be assigned to assist you with development of your proposal.

Further information can be found at