Canada Council for the Arts

“The Canada Council for the Arts was created by an Act of Parliament in 1957 to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and in the production of works in, the arts”. Since then it has evolved into Canada’s leading arts supporting organization. The Killam connection to the Canada Council is twofold. When IW Killam died purposely intestate in 1955, it was because he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the government of the time that half of his estate would be used to further the Arts in Canada. Half of the original endowment used to create the Canada Council came directly from IW Killam. In addition, after Mrs. Killam’s death she bequeathed additional funds to allow for Killam Research Fellowships, tenable for two years which enable researchers to concentrate on a specific body of work or project; as well as the Canada Council Killam Prizes. These Prizes are offered one each, in the five disciplines of Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Worth $100,000 each they are awarded for lifetime achievement but to researchers who are continuing in their work.

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Killam Awards

  • Killam Prizes

    The Killam Prizes are awarded annually to distinguished Canadian scholars in the fields of health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Normally, one prize of $100,000 is awarded each year in each of the five fields. The Killam Prizes are intended to honour eminent scholars actively engaged in research in Canada in universities, hospitals, research or scientific institutes or other equivalent or similar institutions. They are designed to encourage continuing contribution to scholarly research in Canada. The prizes are not related to a particular achievement but rather are given in recognition of a distinguished career and exceptional contributions in one of these fields. The Prizes are awarded in the expectation that the scholars will continue to contribute to the Canadian research community. They are only awarded to Canadian citizens who must be nominated for the award by experts in the field. 

  • Killam Research Fellowships

    Killam Research Fellowships provide release time and are valued at $70,000 per year. The funds are paid to the university or research institution which employs the Fellow. The university or research institution is expected to relieve the Fellow of all teaching and administrative responsibilities, and to continue to pay the Fellow's full salary and benefits during the full tenure of the fellowship. The fellowship funds assist the university or research institution in defraying the costs of replacing the Fellow and in paying the Fellow's salary and benefits during the two-year fellowship period. Fellowship recipients must obtain support for research and laboratory costs from other sources. 

    Established scholars with substantial research publications over a significant period of time are eligible. Typically, the recipients of the Killam Research Fellowships awarded annually are full professors in Canadian universities with a track record of 20 years or more. The Fellowships allow them to pursue a specific research project in any of the fields of the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, the health sciences, engineering and studies linking any of the disciplines within these fields. The Fellowships are offered for a period of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year. Canadians may hold the Fellowship in Canada and elsewhere, while permanent residents of Canada may hold the award only in Canada.