The Killam Programs support advanced education and research at the University of Calgary, four other Canadian Universities as well as at the Canada Council for the Arts. The awards, established in 1965 in memory of Izaak Walton Killam, were created by his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam through the combination of a bequest in her will and donations made throughout her life.
The entire suite of awards include:
- The Killam Research and Teaching Awards honour outstanding teaching and research at the University of Calgary.
- The Killam Memorial Chair is open to distinguished academics in the fields of science or engineering.
- The Killam Annual Professors program awards national or international recognized professors.
- The Killam Visiting Scholar Program is awarded annually to a distinguished scholar making a significant contribution to academic life at the University of Calgary.
- The Killam Graduate Program offers five distinct awards to University of Calgary doctoral students, post-doctoral fellow and graduate supervisors.