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    About the Killam Program

    The Canada Council Killam Prizes were inaugurated in 1981 with a donation by Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam in memory of her husband, Izaak Walton Killam. The Prizes were created to honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities.

    The Killam Program at the Canada Council also includes the Killam Research Fellowships, which support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields.

    The Canada Council Killam Program is part of a larger set of Killam Trusts, which fund scholarship and research at four Canadian universities, a neurological research and clinical institute and the Canada Council. In total, the Killam Trusts are valued at approximately $425 million, of which the Canada Council portion is $55 million. For more information about the Killam Trusts, please visit


    Five prizes of $100,000 are awarded each year in recognition of outstanding career achievements (1 prize in each of the 5 fields).

    Nomination deadline for 2017 prizes: June 15, 2016
    If the competition deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

    Guidelines and Nomination Form [PDF, 334.1 KB]


    Fellowships are awarded each year, normally to full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes, who have an outstanding reputation in their area of research. The fellowship provides 2 years of release time (valued at $70,000 per year).

    Application deadline for 2017 fellowships: May 15, 2016. If the competition deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

    Application guidelines [PDF, 202.5 KB]

    Online application system

    News and Events

    April 18, 2016 | News Release

    Accomplished Canadian scholars awarded over $1 million

    February 18, 2016 | Event

    2016 University Visits


    2014: Council Killam Prize winners Featured on CBC Radio's Ideas (CBC Radio One)

    2013: Saving the world one idea at a time (CBC Radio One)

    2012: Is discovery a science or an art? (CBC Radio One)