Killam Doctoral Scholarships


Part of Affiliated Fellowships Doctoral Competition - for deadline, check with graduate program (likely in mid- to late September)

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


Permanent Resident

Degree Level


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.



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 fall 2017 competition must have completed no more than 24 months of doctoral study as of 1 September 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

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

Application Procedures

To apply for a Killam Doctoral Scholarship, students submit an application to the annual Affiliated Fellowships competition. Students who submit an application for NSERC or SSHRC doctoral funding to their graduate program are eligible for Affiliated Fellowships, including the Killam Doctoral Scholarships, and do not need to submit a separate Affiliated Fellowship application.

Nomination Procedures

Nominated as per Affiliated Fellowships.

Adjudication Procedures

Adjudicated as per Affiliated Fellowships.

Profiles of Award Holders

Melanie Chanona

Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
Spatial and Temporal Variability of Internal Waves and Mixing in the Canadian Arctic Ocean

Justin Falardeau

Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science (PhD)
The effect of native microflora on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes in soft-ripened raw milk cheeses

Julia Ulehla

Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD)
Living Song: A Multi-Generational Investigation of Moravian Folk Song

Valerie Berseth

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

Rebecca Livernois

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
Decisions, Economics and Climate Change
Raquel Baldwinson

Raquel Baldwinson

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Global Health and the Rhetoric of Interdisciplinarity

Asif Khowaja

Doctor of Philosophy in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences (PhD)
Economic evaluation of the community level interventions for pre-eclampsia in Pakistan

Kun Wang

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics (PhD)
Analyzing International Civil Aviation Policy Liberalization; Optimal Marine Port Adaptation Investment for Disaster Resilience

Robyn McClure

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (PhD)
Those who know the most and care the least: How empathy and social power predict roles in bullying situations

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.