Canada Council for the Arts - Killam Prizes


The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.

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Administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, 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 consult with Julaine Hall at Western Research regarding this opportunity.

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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
  • copy of proof of Canadian citizenship (e.g., passport photocopy);
  • original signed nomination letter (max. 4 pages) 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 of the nominee, summarizing education, distinguished research achievements, current research interests, and honours and awards;
  • up to three supporting letters from experts in the nominee's field
  • nominee’s CV (max. 30 pages), including the following subheadings:
    • biographical information and education
    • honours and awards
    • academic and other employment history
    • professional affiliations and activities
    • supervisory and mentoring history
    • funding history
    • selected refereed publications
    • career metrics (in table format)



Nominations may be submitted electronically through a dedicated email address:


The nomination submission deadline is June 30, 2021.


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