National Killam Program - Killam Prizes

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is Canada's largest federal research and development organization.

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Administered by the National Research Council of Canada as part of the National Killam Program, the Killam Prizes are among Canada’s most prestigious and distinguished research awards. Five unrestricted, non-taxable prizes of $100,000 are awarded annually to provide support to Canadian scholars of exceptional ability who are actively engaged in research of broad significance and widespread interest. One prize is awarded in each of the following fields: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering. Nominations are to be made by an expert in the nominee’s field.

Potential nominators and nominees are encouraged to contact regarding Western Research support and coordination of your nomination

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Candidates must have made a substantial and distinguished contribution, over a significant period, to scholarly research in Canada. Their outstanding achievements must have been clearly demonstrated already, and they are expected to make further contributions to the scholarly and scientific heritage of Canada.

Scholars may not apply for the Killam Prizes; they must be nominated by an expert in their field.

Nomination Process

A complete nomination package will consist of the following:

  • the nomination form
  • signed nomination letter (max. 1000 words) that provides a description of the nature of the nominee’s research and distinguished contributions, including why s/he should be considered for the prize;
  • one-page biography (500 words) of the nominee, summarizing education, distinguished research achievements, current research interests, and honours and awards;
  • three supporting letters from experts in the nominee's field (1000 words each)
  • nominee’s CV (max. 30 pages), which should include the following subheadings:
    • publications 
    • presentations
    • honours and awards
    • funding history
    • other international recognition
    • career metrics (can be in table format)
  • Proof of eligibility- nominators and nominees attest that eligibility requirements have been met.



Nominations may be submitted electronically through the National Killam Program portal


Notice of Intent to Nominate:  May 25, 2022

  • Email if you wish to have Western Research support and coordination of your nomination

Final Submission deadline:  June 30, 2022.


Julaine Hall
Research Development Consultant, Awards & Distinctions
Telephone: 519-661-2111 (ext. 87970)