The Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes at the The University of British Columbia were established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the Will of his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, and through gifts made during her lifetime. Their primary purpose is to support advanced education and research at five Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are available for most fields of research. It was Mrs. Killam’s desire that those selected to receive fellowships: « be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in a profession. A Killam scholar should not be a one-sided person… Special distinction of intellect should be founded upon sound character. »
The number of new awards offered each year presently varies between three and five.
Annual Value: $50,000 annual stipend for a maximum of two years, plus a travel research allowance of $4,000 over two years
Award Status: Active
Deadline for units to submit nominations to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: Friday, November 8, 2019 (Note: All candidates are responsible for meeting any UBC internal deadlines set by their faculties and/or departments. Please consult with your unit for internal procedures and/or deadlines.)
The applicant completes and submits an application form and arranges delivery of all required documents to the UBC department or unit to which the application is being made. Each UBC department or unit sets its own deadline for receipt of applications.
For a list of departments and units, please see:
For detailed information, the application and nomination forms and guides will be available in summer 2019.
In keeping with the original spirit of the Killam Endowments, the goal of the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships program is to bring outstanding scholars from around the world to UBC in order to engage in innovative research that will enhance interdisciplinary collaborations and help establish them in leadership positions in the academic and wider community. As such, applicants must be able to contribute fresh intellectual insights to UBC.
Fellowships are tenable only at UBC, and fellows are expected to make the UBC campus their base while holding the fellowship, apart from necessary research trips (no more than three months in each year of the fellowship).
Fellowships starting in the 2020/21 cycle may not begin earlier than May 1, 2020 and no later than January 2, 2021. Most fellowships commence between May and October. Please note that you must have completed all requirements of your PhD no more than 24 months prior to the anticipated fellowship start date (for example, if you wish to start your fellowship on May 1, 2020, you must have completed requirements for your PhD no earlier than April 30, 2018).
Excellence in scholarly work and independent research – 60%
Quality of proposed research project – 30%
Personal qualities of the applicant – 10%
Preference will be given to applicants who have not already held a postdoctoral award or fellowship.