Killam Research Fellowship


Canada Council for the Arts


The Killam Research Fellowships are release time awards that provide support to scholars of exceptional ability who are engaged in 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.


  • a fellowship recipient is a full professor in a Canadian university with significant teaching and/or administrative responsibilities.
  • must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status

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.


$70,000 a year (fellowship granted for two years)

Special Notes

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

The head of research administration at your institution, or another authorized delegate, must approve your final submission to confirm the institution’s awareness of the proposed research and its willingness to administer the award according to the terms set out by the Killam Program. By endorsing the application, the university or research institute confirms that you are employed and remunerated for your work. The online application instructions include detailed information about the requirements and process related to institutional authorization. 


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

Internal Deadline

Interested candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (details below) to by the internal deadline.

External Deadline

Submit complete, endorsed nomination package to sponsor.  Submit OR-5 to Nominations must have received institutional endorsement prior to submission.  See How to Apply.  


How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to by the internal deadline.

An EOI will include:

  • A draft letter (2-3 pages) addressed to the VPR  which outlines how you/your nominee meets the Killam Research Fellowship criteria.
  • an up-to-date CV 

For More Information

For more information, contact Ailsa Fullwood at or see the Killam Research Fellowship website


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