The Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes were established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the Will of his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, and through gifts made during her lifetime. Their primary purpose is to support advanced education and research at five Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies and are available for most fields of research. It was Mrs. Killam's desire that those selected to receive fellowships: "be likely to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in a profession. A Killam scholar should not be a one-sided person... Special distinction of intellect should be founded upon sound character."
The number of new awards offered each year presently varies between three and five.
An annual stipend of $50,000 for a maximum of two years plus a travel and research allowance of $4,000 over two years
Contact proposed academic department for deadline; likely in September 2014
In keeping with the original spirit of the Killam Endowments, the goal of the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships program is to bring outstanding scholars from around the world to UBC in order to engage in innovative research that will enhance interdisciplinary collaborations and help establish them in leadership positions in the academic and wider community. As such, applicants must be able to contribute fresh intellectual insights to UBC.
- must have completed all requirements of their PhD no more than 24 months prior to the anticipated fellowship start date. Completion of PhD requirements refers to the date that the applicant completed all the steps required for obtaining their degree. Although these requirements may vary by institution and degree type, they normally include thesis defense corrections and thesis deposition. It is not the convocation date. The period of eligibility may be extended for applicants who have had their career interrupted or delayed for the purpose of childrearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities. The interruption(s) or delay(s) must have occurred after the applicant completed all the requirements of their PhD. Note that the eligibility window will only be extended by the duration of the delay(s) or interruption(s), to a maximum of one year. Justification for the extension must be provided in the Special Circumstances attachment.
- must not have pursued PhD-level studies at any campus of the University of British Columbia.
- must not currently hold a tenure-track or continuing faculty position at a university or college. Applicants who currently hold a temporary, term, or non-tenure track faculty appointments are eligible to apply.
- may be citizens of any country; though there are no restrictions regarding nationality of applicants, successful candidates must be able to meet all Canadian immigration requirements
Fellowships are tenable only at UBC, and fellows are expected to make the UBC campus their base while holding the fellowship, apart from necessary research trips (no more than three months in each year of the fellowship).
Fellowships starting in the 2015/16 cycle may not begin earlier than 1 May 2015 and no later than 2 January 2016. Most fellowships commence between May and October.
Evaluation CriteriaExcellence in scholarly work and independent research - 60%
Quality of proposed research project - 30%
- quality of contributions to research to date
- scholarships and awards held
- duration of graduate studies, taking into account the nature of the program and relevant personal circumstances
- determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time
- critical thinking, judgment, originality, initiative and autonomy
Personal qualities of the applicant - 10%
- merit, potential significance, clarity, feasibility of the proposed project
- relevance of applicant’s work experience and academic training to field of proposed research
- suitability and quality of research environment (proposed supervisor, facilities, support of academic unit)
- character: integrity, collegiality and respect for others
- communication skills
- leadership abilities
- as demonstrated by employment, athletic/artistic achievements, community engagement, volunteering, etc.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not already held a postdoctoral award or fellowship.
The applicant completes and submits an application form and arranges delivery of all required documents to the UBC department or unit to which the application is being made. Each UBC department or unit sets its own deadline for receipt of applications.
For a list of departments and units, please see:
- Vancouver campus
- Okanagan campus
For detailed information, please see below for the application guide and the application form.
- Each department or unit at the Vancouver campus may forward one nominee to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014.
- Each academic unit at the Okanagan campus may forward one nominee to the attention of Ms. Kristen Korberg at the Office of Research Services (ORS), Okanagan Campus by 12:00 PM (noon) on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. ORS convenes a committee, which is chaired by the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation, to review nominations received. UBC Okanagan may forward three nominees to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014.
For detailed information, please see below for the application guide and the nomination form.
The UBC Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships and Prizes Committee presents the highest-ranked candidates to the UBC Killam Memorial Fellowships Committee and the Killam Trusts. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies then makes offers to the top three to five candidates. Candidates deemed worthy of the fellowship, but ranked lower in the competition, are informed of their wait-listed status and may be presented with an offer if a higher-ranked candidate is either unable to accept the fellowship or is able to enter UBC with external funding. Unsuccessful nominees and their UBC nominators will also be notified of the status of their nomination.
All nominees will receive notice of the status of their nomination in March 2015.
Please refer to the application guide for details and direct questions to [firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Killam%20Postdoctoral%20Research%20Fellowship]email@example.com[/email].
Application Guide (last updated July 25, 2014)
Application Form (.docx)
Nomination Form (.docx)