Canada Council for the Arts - Killam Research Fellowships 2020

These awards, which are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, provide support to scholars of exceptional ability who are engaged in research projects of broad significance and widespread interest. Killam Research Fellowships are intended for established scholars who have demonstrated outstanding research ability and who have published the results of their research in substantial publications in their field. Typically, the recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship is a full professor at a Canadian university. Fellowships are awarded annually, on a competitive basis, to support scholars doing research in any of the following fields: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering, studies linking any of the disciplines within these fields. 

The fellowship provides two years of release time (valued at $70,000 per year).

Application Process

Applications must be submitted by individuals, and not by their institutions (however, applicants must obtain institutional approval).

To be eligible, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

You must present a coherent project with a clearly stated objective and a well-defined plan for reaching that objective. The award is not intended as a subsidy for the overall research.

Send an email to the Killam Program ( requesting a username, password and personal identification number (PIN). You will need these to access the online application form, which you must use to apply

A completed application will consist of the following

1. A completed online application form, including:

  • description of present/projected teaching load, as well as your load from the past two years;
  • intended period and location of fellowship tenure;
  • one-page non-technical project summary;
  • six-page detailed project description (plus optional one-page bibliography);
  • linked CommonCV;
  • full career list of publications and list of five most significant research contributions;
  • any co-investigators on the project; and
  • four Canadian or foreign specialists who could act as referees.

2. Original, signed cover letter (generated at the time of online form submission)
3. A copy of proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency (for permanent residents: a letter from your institution confirming a firm appointment)

Application Guidelines
Submission Instructions


Western must authorize final submissions in advance of the Canada Council deadline of Wednesday, May 15, 2019. As such, draft application packages must be submitted online for institutional approval by Monday, May 6, 2019. If your application is approved, you must submit your supporting documents. The Canada Council for the Arts will not accept supporting documents postmarked after May 15, 2019.


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

Further information can be found at