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 Johnston 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 stipend is $30,000 per annum for two years and a $2,000 allowance for research-related travel during the 24 months of the scholarship, plus tuition* - for a total value of approximately $35,500 per annum.

*Killam Doctoral Scholarships awardees also become Four Year Fellowship holders, and may receive tuition funding from that program.

 

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 fall 2016 competition must have completed no more than 24 months of doctoral study as of 1 September 2017.

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

Please refer to Affiliated Fellowships section for more information.

Adjudication Procedures

Please refer to Affiliated Fellowships section for more information.

Profiles of Award Holders

Chelsea Gardner

Doctor of Philosophy in Classics (PhD)
Sacred altars in Mainland Greece: A comprehensive survey of form and distribution in the Archaic and Classical periods

Chad Atkins

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)
Assessing the quality of stored red blood cells

Samuel Starko

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD)
Phylogenomics and evolutionary ecology of kelps

Danielle Salvatore

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Optimization of Electrolyzers for CO2 Reduction

Sheila Giffen

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Community Mobilization and the Biopolitics of Race in AIDS Writing and Activism

David Twa

Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD)
Genomic Rearrangements in B-cell Lymphomas

Asif Khowaja

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

Alicia Luedke

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

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.