The University of Alberta is one of the Top 10 universities in Canada and Top 100 in the world and offers more than 500 graduate programs, 250 specializations and 300 research areas.
As of today, 10 Killam Prizes – Natural Sciences (5), Health Sciences (2), Engineering (2), and Humanities (1) – and 10 Killam Research Fellowships have been awarded by the Canada Council to U of A researchers.
Given Mr. Killam’s business interests in the province, there was no question that the U of A would become a beneficiary under Mrs. Killam’s Will.
Killam Awards at the University of Alberta
Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarships
These scholarships are offered for a two-year period to outstanding students registered in, or admissible to, a doctoral program. There are no restrictions on citizenship, and all fields are eligible for funding.
Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowships
These fellowships are offered to citizens of any country who have completed a doctoral degree within two years or will do so prior to commencing fellowship. The doctoral degree obtained must be from a university other than the University of Alberta and the candidate must not hold a postdoc position at the U of A or be employed at the U of A.
Dorothy J Killam Memorial Graduate Prize
The Dorothy J Killam Memorial Graduate Prizes were created in 2002 to honor the memory of Dorothy J. Killam. These are awarded annually to the most outstanding Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship recipients. There is no application form; recipients are selected by the Graduate Scholarship Committee during the competition’s final selection meeting.
Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow Prize
This prize was approved in spring 2004 to further enhance the profile of the Killam name at the University of Alberta. It is awarded to the most outstanding Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Graduate Scholarship recipient. The recipient is selected by the Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee.
Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring
This award is given annually to one member of the academic staff in recognition of outstanding performance in mentoring summer research students, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars.
Killam Annual Professorships
The Killam Annual Professorships are granted to faculty members based on the quality of their scholarly activities such as teaching, research, publications, creative activities, presented papers, and supervision of graduate students. A subcommittee of the Killam Trusts Committee appointed by the Vice-President (Research) selects Killam Annual Professors.
Killam Memorial Chairs
The Killam Memorial Chairs are primarily research appointments awarded to scholars in support of excellence in science and/or engineering. The Memorial Chairs are normally used to attract scholars to the University of Alberta, rather than appointing faculty members currently at the University.