University of British Columbia

Like the University of Alberta, UBC was also established in 1908 and over a century later is consistently ranked among the top 40 universities in the world.  UBC attracts over 54,000 students from over 149 countries to its two major campuses.  UBC’s vision is to create an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

Mr. Killam had several pulp and paper business interests in the province of British Columbia which made Mrs. Killam select this university as one of her beneficiaries.  UBC offers Killam funding to doctoral scholars, Postdoctoral fellows, Faculty Research fellows as well as a variety of research and teaching prizes.

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Killam Awards

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Scholarships

    These awards are granted in support of programs of study leading to a doctoral degree. They are renewable for a second year,  subject to satisfactory progress and include a stipend of $30,000 per annum and a $2,000 allowance for research-related travel for the tenure of the award, along with tuition. Awards are made each year to the top doctoral candidates in the Affiliated Fellowships competitions. All nominations for doctoral studies received by the Faculty of Graduate Studies in these university-wide competitions are automatically considered for the Killam Doctoral Fellowships. No special application is required. Students wishing to be considered should contact the respective UBC department to find out the graduate student deadline for the Affiliated Fellowships competition (normally in September). 

  • Killam - Donald N. Byers Prize

    In 2002, UBC created an endowed prize in memory of former Killam Trustee, Donald N. Byers, OC. The prize, valued at $3,000 is awarded annually to the highest-ranking Killam Doctoral Fellow in the Affiliated Fellowships competition. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Affiliated Fellowships adjudication committee. 

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

    These awards are offered to candidates who have shown outstanding ability in any field of academic research and who wish to pursue postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia. Applicants should have obtained a doctoral degree from a university other than UBC within 24 months of the anticipated start date of the fellowship. The fellowships are awarded for two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of $50,000 per annum and a research-related travel allowance of $4,000 over two years.  Prospective applicants must be supported by both a UBC department and a UBC tenure-track faculty member for the entire proposed 24 months of the fellowship.  Interested persons should contact the respective department to confirm the application deadline (usually early November). 

  • Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring

    These awards recognize one senior and one mid-career faculty member's outstanding ability to create effective working relationships and constructive interactions that offer appropriate guidance, feedback and support; and involve encouragement, openness, trust and mutual respect.  The awards are determined based on the quality and extent of mentoring of graduate students.  Preference is given to faculty members who have displayed sustained mentorship activity over many years involving many students.  The recipients are announced at fall convocation and each award has a value of $5,000.  All continuing faculty with tenure-track appointments at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia are eligible to be nominated.

    For further information:
    Killam Advanced Studies Scholarships Programme
    Faculty of Graduate Studies
    The University of British Columbia
    170 - 6371 Crescent Road
    Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2

  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Faculty Research Fellowships

    Faculty Research Fellowships are open to all full-time UBC faculty members, with tenure or tenure-track, who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field during a recognized study leave (sabbatical). Preference is given to applicants who are 14 years or less past the receipt of their doctoral degree. Members of other institutions are not eligible. Faculty members are eligible for only one Faculty Research Fellowship in their lifetime. The fellowship provides a salary award of $15,000 and a research grant of $3,000 for a 12 month period. Up to ten awards are made annually. 

    website for downloadable forms

  • Killam Research Prizes

    Up to 10 Killam Research Prizes, valued at $5,000 each, are awarded annually for excellence in research. Five prizes go to professors in the humanities and social sciences, and five to professors in the natural, applied and health sciences. At least three prizes in each category are awarded to senior researchers who have held their Ph.D. for more than 12 years as of the closing date for nominations. Typically one or two awards in each category are given to junior researchers who have fewer than 12 years post-Ph.D. 

    For further information:
    Office of the Vice President Research and International
    The University of British Columbia
    224 - 6328 Memorial Road
    Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z2

  • Killam Teaching Prizes

    The University of British Columbia recognizes excellence in teaching with the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for faculty members with at least three years of teaching at UBC. Established University-wide, the prize is adjudicated within each of the twelve Faculties under procedures defined in the Faculty and approved by the Provost. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, students, or alumni. The award recognizes distinguished teaching at all levels of instruction.

    website for call for nominations