Killam Doctoral Scholarships

Deadline

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 12:00 noon PDT

Annual Value

$30,000 per annum for two years, $2,000 allowance for research-related travel during the 24 months of the scholarship, and tuition

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

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*.

*Killam Doctoral Scholarships awardees on the UBC-V campus also become Four Year Fellowship holders and receive additional tuition funding from the 4YF program if they are eligilbe.

 

Eligibility

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 1 September 2020.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluated as per Affiliated Fellowships. Top students in the competition are awarded Killam Doctoral Scholarships.

Application Procedures

Applied as per Affiliated Fellowships.

Nomination Procedures

Nominated as per Affiliated Fellowships.

Adjudication Procedures

Adjudicated as per Affiliated Fellowships.

Profiles of Award Holders

Sarah Amundrud

Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology (PhD)
The role of predators in mediating the ecological effects of climate change in Costa Rican bromeliad food webs

Valerie Berseth

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Reconcilable differences? Integrating Indigenous and Western knowledge

Brad Hackinen

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
Using computational text analysis to gather new data on the behavior of various actors in political systems

John Driscoll

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Fisheries and food security

Alicia Luedke

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
Women, Peace and Security: Armed Groups and Sexual Violence in the Twenty-First Century

Jeremy Stone

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD)
Discursive Gentrification: Neighborhoods, Resistance, and the Urban Commons

Travis Fuchs

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
Relevant, engaging, and accessible school science curriculum and pedagogy

Sébastien Rettie

Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD)
Searching for High Mass Resonances at the Large Hadron Collider

Henry Lu

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD)
Uncovering novel roles of the CARD11-BCL10-MALT1 (CBM) complex in immunity: unique insights from human primary immunodeficiency diseases

Further Information

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