Vision: Building Canada’s future through advanced study.

Mission: To provide scholarships, fellowships, prizes and other funding to scholars who contribute to building Canada’s future and increasing the scientific attainment of Canadians through research excellence.


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    Research Excellence

    Superior, ground-breaking, best-in-class work.

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    Original, future-focused generation of new knowledge and technology that will change the way we live.

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    Compassion, inclusion and understanding of people, cultures and needs with participation among all economic, social and cultural backgrounds.

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    Multidisciplinary Collaboration

    Thoughtful cooperation among scholars, disciplines and institutions.

About the Killam Trusts

The Killam Trusts have provided more than $1 billion in scholarships, fellowships and prizes to post-graduate scholars at five Canadian universities, through the Canada Council for the Arts until 2022 and, starting in 2023, through the National Research Council Canada. No other private philanthropic effort has contributed this level of funding to higher education in Canada.

Established in 1965 by Dorothy J. Killam, the Killam Estate bequeathed a total of $125,000,000 in life and death for scholarships at the graduate and postgraduate levels to recognize research excellence.

The future of the Killam Trusts is bright. We are focused on social impact, accessibility, diversity, and the ground-breaking, dynamic Canadian researchers who will work together to make the world a better place.

Killam Facts

The Killam program is offered at Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta, The University of British Columbia, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), the University of Calgary and the National Research Council Canada.

Total amount provided for higher education in Canada
Killam Laureates worldwide
Killam endowments
Award for each Killam Prize
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