Killam Selection Committee

Peer assessment: Fundamental to our decision-making process

The Killam Selection Committee includes 15 distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines. Its members are appointed by the Canada Council taking into account:

  • the recommendations of specialists in the Canadian and international academic and research communities.
  • fair representation of various scholarly disciplines (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering), gender, generations, Canada’s two official languages, Indigenous Peoples and the cultural and regional diversity of Canada.

The members serve for a three-year term, and each year approximately one-third of the committee is refreshed.

The committee meets twice a year to select both the fellowship and prize winners:

  • 1st round in late September: sub-committees choose finalists
  • 2nd round in January: full committee chooses recipients

The committee members spend a great deal of time sifting through the submissions to latch on to their essence. The diverse backgrounds of the members help to smoothen out biases. Everyone has their own observations of what constitutes leading edge research, need and merit. But at the end of the deliberations, there is surprisingly good consensus.

Patrick Selvadurai, Killam Selection Committee MemberĀ 
William Scott Professor and James McGill Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University

Please contact us for more information or to express your interest in being part of the Killam Selection Committee.