Killam Doctoral Scholarships

Deadline

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

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 2019-2020 competition must have completed no more than 24 months of doctoral study as of 1 September 2019.

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

Shunya Yagi

Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD)
Sex differences in adult neurogenesis and learning&memory

Rebecca Livernois

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

Vanessa Radzimski

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
Understanding the role that advanced coursework plays in prospective secondary mathematics teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching

Miriam Matejova

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
Understanding Climate Governance through the Environmental Security Lens

Anja Nowak

Doctor of Philosophy in Germanic Studies (PhD)
The Figure of the Child in Walter Benjamin's Writings

Alicia Luedke

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

Michelle Kwon

Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD)
Hormonal Regulation of Glucose Homeostasis

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.