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 - for a total value of $32,000 per annum*.

*Killam Doctoral Scholarships awardees on the UBC-V campus also become Four Year Fellowship holders, and may receive additional 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

Rowan Cockett

Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD)
Coupled Geophysical Inverse Problems

Michael VanInsberghe

Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD)
Development of single cell microfluidic technologies for the analysis of miRNA expression

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

Sheng-Jun Xu

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Finance (PhD)
Political incentives and distorted funding policies of public-sector defined benefits pension plans.

Nicole Wilson

Vulnerability and change in hydrosocial systems: Insights from Indigenous peoples’s relations to water in the Yukon River Basin

Neila Miled

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
Negotiating identity and belonging in the age of the "war on terror": Muslim youths’ lived experiences in British Columbian high schools

Benjamin Scheifele

Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD)
Mixing and Turbulence in the Beaufort Sea (Canadian Arctic)

Dan Cohen

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
The spread of education reform models

Samuel Starko

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

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.