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

Nathan Tebokkel

Nathan TeBokkel

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Poet-Farmers and Problems of Agriculture and Aesthetics

Anthea Pun

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Foundations of Social Power Reasoning

Lee Rippon

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Advanced Process Control and Analytics

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

Kelsey Huus

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
Gut microbiota in malnutrition and enteric disease

Nicole Wilson

Doctor of Philosophy in Resources, Environment and Sustainability (PhD)
Vulnerability and change in hydrosocial systems: Insights from Indigenous peoples’s relations to water in the Yukon River Basin

Julia Ulehla

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

Edward Haddon

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Ascertaining the subjective implications of social class using survey data from 38 countries

Jeremy Stone

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

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.