Killam Research Fellowships



The Killam Research 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, or studies linking any of the disciplines within these fields.

Killam Research Fellowships provide two full years of release time from teaching and administrative duties to individual scholars who wish to pursue independent research. They are intended for established scholars who have demonstrated outstanding research ability, have published the results of their research in substantial publications in their field and are expected to continue contributing to the Canadian research community after they have completed their fellowship project. These awards are valued at $70,000 per year. Fellowship recipients must obtain support for research and laboratory costs from other sources. Applicants who are retired are not eligible.

Critical Dates:

Monday, May 1, 2017: Internal Deadline

  • Completed MRA -My Research Application form submitted to obtain departmental/divisional approvals. Available at
  • Completed draft application form (Word doc) is required for Research Services to perform Editorial/Administrative Reviews
  • Candidates must contact the Killam Program at  to obtain a user name, password and  PIN number
  • This PIN is needed to identify the applicant to the Killam Program upon submission of the applicant’s CV from the Common CV Web site

10 am, Friday, May 12, 2017: Sponsor Deadline

  • Applications must be submitted electronically (via the Killam website by clicking on “Submit Application”)
  • After submitting online, before logging off, applicants must print the required letter to the Canada Council, then sign and send it by mail/courier postmarked no later than May 15, 2017 to sponsor with all supporting documents

Information Session:

An information session will be offered on the St George campus by the Canada Council for the Arts program staff, which will cover program eligibility, application requirements, historical and statistical information.

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Governing Council Chamber, Simcoe Hall, 2nd floor, 27 King’s College Circle

RSVP to Sarah Scott at

**Please note that 10 minute breakout sessions with the Killam Program Officer are available for more specific questions. If interested, please ensure you indicate this when you RSVP.

Additional Information:

Additional information on the Killam Research Fellowships can be found on the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Program website.  2017 application guidelines can be found here.

Contact Information

Sarah Scott
Research Funding Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities | (416) 978-7324

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