Killam Doctoral Scholarships at the University of British Columbia, Canada

The Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes were established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the Will of his wife, Dorothy J. 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 Doctoral Scholarships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies. It was Mrs. Killam’s desire that those selected to receive scholarships: “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.”Killam Doctoral Scholarships are the most prestigious awards available to graduate students at UBC. Approximately 15-20 awards are made each year to the top doctoral candidates in the Affiliated Fellowships competition. At present, the Killam Doctoral Scholarship provides an annual stipend valued at $30,000 for two years plus a $2,000 allowance for research-related travel during the 24 months of the scholarship.


September 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM (PDT)
Eligibility of Citizenship: Canadian, Permanent Residence, and International
Degree Level: Doctoral
Award Status: Closed
Applicant Status: Incoming Students and Continuing Students

Annual Value:  $30,000 and a $2,000 allowance for research-related travel during the 24 months of the scholarship
Duration: 2 years


Months of Study

  • To be eligible to apply for Killam Doctoral Scholarship funding, applicants must have completed no more than 24 months of doctoral study as of the start date of the scholarship. Therefore, applicants to the 2020-2021 competition must have completed no more than 24 months of doctoral study as of September 1st, 2020


  • Research ability and potential: 50%
  • Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia: 50%

Complete details (including description and indicators) are available on the Affiliated Fellowships-Doctoral award competition page.


Students who are eligible for the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS-D) (such as Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada) are required to apply for CGS-D. Students who submit an NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR doctoral award application to UBC Okanagan are also eligible for Killam Scholarship funding, and do not need to submit a separate application.

Killam applicants (such as international students) must submit their application materials to the College of Graduate Studies by the deadline indicated above.


Please thoroughly review the application instructions for detailed requirements regarding  transcripts, references, and other application components.

Reference Form:

Applicants must complete the following fields before sending it to their referees:

  • Graduate Program: Name: College of Graduate Studies
  • Mailing Address: EME 2121 – 1137 Alumni Ave, Kelowna, BC Canada V1V1V7
  • E-mail address:
  • By this deadline date: the deadline indicated above
  • Your last name, first name, and UBC student number

Please ensure all application materials and references are received by the College of Graduate Studies at by the competition deadline indicated above.



  • All applicants must submit transcripts for all university-level studies (including studies undertaken but not completed) up to and including the fall 2019 term (i.e., indicating current registration in the fall term)
    • Applicants are responsible to confirm with the College of Graduate Studies which transcripts need to be provided by the student and which transcripts the College of Graduate Studies already have on file to be uploaded
      • The College of Graduate Studies may have extra copies of official transcripts on file from previous applications which may be utilized for the Killam application. Questions regarding transcripts should be directed to
  • For institutions other than UBC, only official transcripts will be accepted. These may be original or certified true copies provided by the applicant’s graduate program
    • For UBC transcripts, the applicant’s “Academic History” printed from the SISC by the College of Graduate Studies will be accepted
  • Translations of transcripts in any languages other than French and English must be included
  • If a transcript includes transfer credits from another institution, the grades for these credits must be shown. If a submitted transcript includes transfer credits without grades shown, the original transcript from the other institution must be included in the application
    • Exception: CEGEP transcripts are not required (even if they contain transfer credits)
  • Applicants must include one copy of the legend (reverse of each transcript). Do not scan the legend multiple times
  • It remains the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required transcripts have been provided to the College of Graduate Studies by the internal deadline indicated above


  • The College of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards Committee will review and rank the applications received and will nominate the top ranked applications to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus (G+PS)
  • G+PS co-ordinates the university-wide ranking which is carried out by six sub-committees comprising faculty members representing various disciplines
  • Only successful applicants will be notified


The Killam Laureates website provides information about Killam programs across Canada and information about the original donors, Izaak Walton and Dorothy J. Killam.

Questions? Please contact:

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