University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada's #1 university under 50, offering more than 200 degree programs to over 31,000 students.  When UCalgary officially separated from the University of Alberta in 1966 a special provision was made to allow the University of Calgary to take 1/3 of the Killam bequest along with them.  Killam funds at UCalgary are used to support doctoral students, Postdoctoral fellows, Killam Professors, Killam Chairs, Visiting Scholars and to fund the Killam Research and Teaching Award Program.

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Killam Awards

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarships

    These scholarships are open to Ph.D. students who apply to the University of Calgary Graduate Awards Competition. Approximately nine awards are made annually to the top ranking applicants in recognition of their outstanding caliber. The scholarship has the highest monetary value of the University's awards ($36,000 per annum) and includes a research allowance. The awards are for two years, the second year being subject to satisfactory progress. 

  • Killam Postdoctoral Scholarship

    Selected by a multi-disciplinary committee, the recipient of this award is an exceptional new scholar who has obtained a Ph.D. degree within the two years preceding the competition. The award enables the scholar to work at the University of Calgary, consolidate their research training and develop and initiate original research in the discipline as well as participate in and contribute to the activities of the host department or unit. The award is valued at $50,000 per annum for two years and includes Alberta Health Care, extended health and dental benefits and a $6,000 research allowance. Preference will be given to scholars who have received some of their education at other institutions. Application guidelines and forms are available on the University of Calgary's website.

    For further information: 
    Office of the Vice President (Research)

  • Killam Visiting Scholar Award

    The Killam Visiting Scholar Award is intended to bring distinguished scholars to the University of Calgary who, by their presence and participation in research and teaching, will make a significant contribution to the academic life of the University. Awards are made for either the Fall or Winter term and include a stipend of $50,000, plus a travel and research allowance of $3,000. Individuals may not apply on their own behalf. Nominations are made by the head of an academic department, unit or research group at the University of Calgary.

  • Killam Research Excellence Award

    This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to research and is an acknowledged international leader who has earned distinction for themselves and for the University of Calgary.  Each year one of three eligible areas will be selected (Health, Science & Engineering, Social Science & Humanities) and will rotate on a three year schedule.  Valued at $5,000 the award can only be conferred once in a lifetime.

  • Killam Emerging Research Leader Award

    Presented to up to three individuals (one per subject area; either health, science & engineering or social science & humanities) who have made outstanding contributions to research at an early career stage.  No individual may be awarded this prize more than once.  The award is valued at $3,000.

  • McCaig - Killam Teaching Award

    Given to an individual for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at the University, this award is valued at $5,000 and no individual can receive the prize more than once. Named in honour of Ann McCaig, past Chancellor of the University of Calgary and a former Killam Trustee.

  • Killam Graduate Supervision and Mentorship Award

    This award is presented to an individual who has an outstanding record of supervising and mentoring Masters and/or PhD students at the University of Calgary.  Each year nominations will rotate between supervisors who work in a lab-based setting and those who mentor students' independent projects.  The rotation will work on a 2:1 basis meaning two years lab-based supervisors, one year non-lab-based supervisors.  The award is valued at $5,000 and no individual can receive the prize more than once.

  • Killam Award in Undergraduate Mentorship

    This award recognizes excellence in mentorship at the undergraduate level, which may include extensive involvement of undergraduates in research, supervision of undergraduate research projects, and pedagogical practices that promote the integration of teaching and research.  The award is valued at $5,000 and no individual can receive the prize more than once.

  • Killam Annual Professors

    Open to all full-time continuing academic staff, this award recognizes excellence in the following primary areas:  research, undergraduate and/or graduate teaching.  Service to their academic discipline and/or service to the community beyond the University will be considered as supportive of the primary areas.  Up to five will be awarded each year, tenable only at the University of Calgary.  Award winners will receive a prize of $10,000 available as a salary supplement or a research allowance.  Individuals may receive this award only once in their lifetime.

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Chair

    The Killam Memorial Chair is awarded to a distinguished scholar with an international reputation, an outstanding record in the scientific and/or engineering fields and a superior record of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The term is for five years, renewable once. The Chair provides approximately $150,000 in annual salary support.