Killam Prize 2021


Canada Council for the Arts


The Killam Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have made a substantial and distinguished contribution, over a significant period, to their respective fields in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences or engineering.

For more information visit the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Prizes website.


Self nominations will not be accepted - scholars must be nominated by an expert in the field.  Only Canadian Citizens are eligible.

The Killam Selection Committee will evaluate the nominations on their merit, compared with each other in a national context. The prizes will be offered to those candidates considered outstanding by the committee.

The following points will figure prominently in the selection:

  • the exceptional quality of the candidate’s research achievements;
  • evidence of the candidate’s outstanding commitment, creativity and efforts to share research knowledge beyond the academic community;
  • the enduring contribution of the candidate’s ideas and research results to Canadian society, including the nation’s intellectual and/or cultural life;
  • the scope of the candidate’s research contributions, taking into account the norms of the field of study;
  • where appropriate, the international stature of the candidate.

For more details of the eligibility criteria please refer to the Killam Prize Guidelines.


Prize of $100,000. Normally, one prize is awarded each year in each of the five disciplines:

  • humanities
  • social sciences
  • natural sciences
  • health sciences
  • engineering

Special Notes

Please refer to the Office of Research COVID 19 web-page for directives related to research activities at the University of Guelph.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please have the nominator submit the nomination directly to Killam Program Prizes by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to

How to Apply

Nominations may be submitted by mail to:

Killam Program Prizes
Canada Council for the Arts
150 Elgin Street, P. O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

Please also submit a copy of the full nomination dossier and OR-5 to by the external deadline.

For more information, contact or Luiza Pereira

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