Dorothy Killam Research Fellowships


These Fellowships, which are administered by the National Killam Program, provide support to scholars of exceptional ability who are engaged in research projects of broad significance and widespread interest. Dorothy Killam Fellows are leading researchers whose superior, ground-breaking, best-in-class research stands to have significant impact on a national or global scale. Between 5-8 Fellowships are awarded annually, on a competitive basis.  They are valued at $80,000 CAD per year for a total of up to $160,000 for 2 years.

A Dorothy Killam Fellow is relieved of teaching and some administrative duties for the period of the fellowship. The funds are intended to assist the institution to cover the costs of replacement of the applicant while still paying regular salary and benefits during the 2-year fellowship period. Recipients must obtain support for research and laboratory costs from other sources. All fellowship dispersals are administered to the existing research institution of the applicant.


Typically, a Fellowship recipient is a professor at a Canadian university with significant teaching and/or administrative responsibilities. To be eligible, applicants:

  • must be an individual living and working in Canada at a Canadian institution(s) in the early-to-mid stage in their career (typically no more than 15 years since the completion of a PhD)
  • must be employed by a university or other research institute for the duration of the fellowship (2 years) and will submit a proof of employment
  • may not have already been awarded a fellowship from the Killam Program of the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Application Process

Applicants must complete the online application form, and provide the following documents:

  • Research Proposal (1000 words)
    • Include what is planned to be achieved, a description of the approach, and how it advances knowledge in the field
    • Describe the proposed impact and some possible indicators that the applicant could use to measure their research outcomes
  • Candidate Statement (1000 words)
    • Applications must indicate how the work demonstrates or reflects 1 or more of the following Killam principles:
    • Inclusive collaborator - whose work exemplifies inclusion and understanding of people, cultures and needs with participation among all economic, social and cultural backgrounds
    • Barrier breaker - whose original, transformational, future-focused generation of knowledge and technology stands to change the way we live
    • Research leader - who activates thoughtful cooperation among scholars, disciplines and institutions to create a multiplier effect within the research ecosystem
  • Knowledge Mobilization Plans
    • Including where possible, non-traditional ways to disseminate knowledge and information. Some examples of non-traditional dissemination channels may include:
    • videos, blogs, podcasts, performances
    • number of policies influenced or informed, or number of patents or IP secured
    • community engagement initiatives, media production, or educational mentorship programs
    • personal commitment to training or plans for participation in research initiatives with underrepresented communities
    • datasets made available, software, and/or protocols developed
  • Current CV (30 pages)
    • including information on all publications, presentations, and grants and other fellowships received, awards and/or general recognition
  • Two Reference Letters (1000 words each)
    • Reference letters from up to 2 individuals are required
  • Proof of Employment
    • Applicants must attest that they meet the eligibility requirement of institutional employment for up to 2 years from the start of the fellowship


Western must authorize final submissions in advance of the final deadline.

June 3, 2022 - Draft application packages must be submitted online for institutional approval

June 15, 2022 – final application deadline


Applicants are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall ( at Research Development & Services regarding the program and application process

 Further information can be found at


Julaine Hall
Research Development Officer, Awards & Distinctions