Killam Connection


Likely March 2018

Annual Value



Permanent Resident

Degree Level


The Killam Connection program provides up to $25,000 to enable UBC faculty to host an innovative and interdisciplinary research forum and graduate course focused around a theme of general interest and public importance, and including a series of invited scholars.  The purpose of the Killam Connection is to provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to engage with leading scholars on matters of importance, and for students to gain experience developing and possibly implementing scholarly projects oriented to a public impact.



  1. The course is to be hosted at UBC-V.  
  2. A minimum of three of the five public lectures are to be held at the UBC-V campus.
  3. UBC-O faculty may contribute to an application as a co-leader or part of the organizing committee, and UBC-O trainees may participate through a variety of means (e.g., videoconferencing).

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Subject matter that is of current interest and importance to scholars, students and the broader community
  2. Strong potential to attract a large number of faculty and students to participate from a range of disciplines
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the field, and of the potential for impactful public scholarship
  4. High caliber of invited speakers as scholars and public speakers
  5. Interest of speakers (e.g., email response from speaker stating they may be interested in participating)
  6. Strong potential for graduate students’ development in the content area and in public scholarship
  7. Approval from the participating departments for credit of the proposed course
  8. Appropriately justified budget
  9. Seminar topic not currently available as a UBC graduate course
  10. Potential for new initiatives and collaborations to emerge from the forum

Application Procedures

Application procedures and the application form can be found in the Killam Connection Information and Application document.

Applicants are to submit their application file as an electronic, rather than hard-copy, file via UBC Workspace.  Please email if you plan to submit a nomination, and a Workspace folder will be created for your submission. You will then receive automated instructions from Workspace for you to upload your application file when you are ready.  Given UBC’s increased emphasis on the protection of personal privacy, G+PS will not accept electronic files via email.

If you are unfamiliar with Workspace, please see the post at for instructions on how to use Workspace. The files will be reviewed and transferred to G+PS, and deleted from your Workspace folder by G+PS when successfully downloaded.

Please submit your application as a single PDF file. Please use the following naming convention for the file: ForumLeaderLastName_Killam_Connection.pdf (for example: if the Forum Leader for the proposal is Dr. Christopher Thompson, the filename would be Thompson_Killam_Connection.pdf).

Adjudication Procedures

An adjudication committee will be formed by G+PS and comprise faculty from a variety of fields.

Further Information

Program details are provided in the attached document (see below). Questions can be directed to