Killam Prizes

In April 2022, the administration and delivery of the national Killam Program, which includes the Killam Prizes and Fellowships, transferred from the Canada Council for the Arts to the National Research Council of Canada. The Killam Prizes are intended to honour distinguished Canadian scholars who have been engaged in research in universities, hospitals, research or scientific institutes, or other similar institutions. They are awarded annually, on a competitive basis, for research done in any of the following disciplines. Normally, 1 prize is awarded each year in each of the 5 disciplines (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering).

Eligibility:  Equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to achieving research excellence. The National Killam Program encourages nominations of candidates whose research has consequence and impact, setting precedents and yielding transformative results that serve to build Canada’s future through advanced study. Individual nominations may include nomination for multiple categories, but an individual may only be awarded the Killam Prize in 1 category. No individual may be awarded a Killam Prize more than once. Killam Prizes are intended for active (not retired) Canadian scholars who have made a substantial and distinguished contribution, over a significant period, to scholarly research. A Killam Prize is not intended as an “end-of-service” reward, as a recognition for a single great accomplishment, or in expectation of future distinguished contributions. Only Canadian citizens or scholars working and living in Canada are eligible, and the prizes are awarded only to living candidates.

Value: Normally, one $100,000 CAD prize is awarded each year in each of the five disciplines.

Note: Restricted nominator (expert in the field). If an external expert review of the draft nomination package is sought, please contact three months in advance of the external deadline.

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Upcoming Deadlines

June 30, 2022June 30, 2022 Verified Date
February 07, 2022 Feb. 07, 2022 February 07, 2022 16:00:00 February 07, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Killam Prizes Awarded to active (not retired) Canadian scholars who have made a substantial and significant contribution over a significant period to scholarly research. .