Dalhousie University

Founded in 1818 as “the little college by the sea” Dalhousie is located just 300 meters from the ocean.  Comprised of three campuses in Halifax and in Truro, Dalhousie offers over 180 degree programs to students from over 110 countries.  The main campus library is known as the “Killam” and oil portraits of both Izaak Walton and Dorothy Johnston Killam hang in the lobby (in addition, both Killams received honourary doctorates from Dalhousie).  Since IW Killam was originally from Yarmouth and he had many business interests in his home province Dalhousie University was a logical choice to receive Killam funds.  Dalhousie offers Killam doctoral scholarships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Killam Chairs, as well as Faculty of Science Killam Professorships and Prizes.  Dalhousie hosted the longest running Killam lecture series from 1976 - 2014.  

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Killam Awards

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarships

    These awards are offered in support of studies in programs requiring a thesis and leading toward either a Master's or Doctoral degree. Approximately 35 new scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarships are tenable for two years for Master's candidates and up to four years for Doctoral candidates, subject to satisfactory progress. For students not already studying at Dalhousie, a travel allowance to move to Halifax is also added to the scholarship amount. The awards are valued at up to $26,000 for Master's candidates (including the International Differential Fee (IDF) award, if eligible) and up to $40,000 for Doctoral candidates (including the President's award and the IDF award, if eligible). The scholarships are open to students in all disciplines in which Dalhousie offers graduate degrees. 

  • Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to persons who have completed a Ph.D. program within the last two years. Approximately four to eight new fellowships are awarded annually. The award is tenable for two years, subject to satisfactory progress. The awards are tenable only at Dalhousie University; however, students who have received their doctorate from Dalhousie University are not eligible. The fellowships are valued at up to $55,000 annually including full benefits and a travel allowance for transportation to and from Halifax, a one-time research allowance ($3,000) and a conference travel grant ($1,000).

    For further information: 
    Danielle Pottie
    Killam Administrator 
    Faculty of Graduate Studies 
    Rm 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building 
    Dalhousie University 
    Halifax, Nova Scotia 
    B3H 4H6 

    Tel: (902) 494-6246 
    Fax: (902) 494-8797 
    E-mail: Danielle.pottie@dal.ca  
    Web site: killamtrusts.dal.ca

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Chairs

    The Killam Memorial Chairs are academics of the highest distinction and are appointed for five-year terms by a committee chaired by the Provost and the Vice President Research.  Each Killam Memorial Chair at Dalhousie is expected to be a senior research leader and to pursue a research program that advances University and Faculty research priorities; as well as presenting a highly positive profile for research both internally and externally.

    Renewal will be considered upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty involved, similar to the request for a new Chair. The awards provide salary relief to a maximum of $100,000 with an additional Faculty commitment of a minimum of $25,000 towards research funding.

  • Faculty of Science Killam Prize

    The Faculty of Science Killam Prize was established in 1994/95 by the Faculty of Science of Dalhousie University in recognition of the financial support provided to the Faculty by the Killam Endowment. One prize is awarded annually to enhance the careers of the most promising scientists in the Faculty of Science who have obtained their doctorate within the preceding eleven years. The winners must demonstrate exceptional research ability through their contributions to scientific knowledge. The prize is accompanied by an award of $2,000. 

  • Faculty of Science Killam Professorships

    The Faculty of Science Killam Professorships were established in 1994/95 by the Faculty of Science of Dalhousie University in recognition of the financial support provided to the Faculty by the Killam Endowment. Up to ten professorships are awarded to faculty members in the Faculty of Science, for a term of five years. Their purpose is to recognize the careers of the most outstanding scientists. The winners must have made outstanding contributions to their fields. Each professorship is accompanied by an award of $2,000. 

  • The George Cooper Master's Killam Prize and The George Cooper Doctoral Killam Prize

    These Prizes are awarded annually to the most outstanding Killam Memorial Scholarship recipients, the top ranked Master's and top ranked Doctoral award winner.

    Recipients receive a cash prize of $2,500 and a certificate of acknowledgement.  Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, a research proposal, letters of recommendation and leadership qualities.