Killam Fellowships: Funded Exchange to the USA

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States.

Selected students receive a cash award of $5,000 US for one semester, a three day orientation in Ottawa and a three day spring seminar in Washington, D.C. Students may participate in the program as a Direct Exchange student at one of Killam's 13 partner universities in the United States. They may also apply for the Killam funding through the Open Competition and exchange to the United States through the National Student Exchange program or the Arizona State University exchange program.

Key information


Multiple placements available in the USA




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type

Exchange, Scholarship

Application information

Application status


20/21 Direct Competition applications

Already passed

Program-specific additional requirements

CV/resume, transcript, and two references on the Killam form are required- see the Eligibility section below.

20/21 Open Competition applications

Already passed

Student experience

Canadian Killam fellows speak about their experiences in the USA. (link to Vimeo)

Program details

  1. Direct Exchange Program

    Students applying through the Direct Exchange Program can apply to study at one of the following Killam partner universities:

    Students are able to choose from the full range of courses offered by the host university but are encouraged to consult the Exchange website of each host university to check for any restrictions that may apply. Click on the university for more information.

  2. Open Competion

    Students may also apply for the Killam Fellowship for exchanges to the USA through NSE (100+ options) or the exchange program at Arizona State University. Please see those partner pages for more information on academic offerings available. 

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters. Semester 1 (Fall) runs from late August/early September to December. Semester 2 (Spring) runs from January to May.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    Many partner universities have cost of living information on their websites so please check your chosen schools' websites.

  2. Funding

    If selected for an award, the Killam Fellowships Foundation will provide:

    In addition, award recipients can apply for a $5000 Killam Community Action Initiative Grant (either during or after your exchange) as well as for the $5000 or $15,000 Fulbright Canada Alumni Internship Program (after your exchange).

    Did you know that you can take also your U of C funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the U of C while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office also administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved U of C study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once.

Accommodation options vary from institution to institution but most universities have on campus housing available. Please see the specific partner websites for more detail. 

All applicants for the Killam Fellowships Program must be Canadian citizens; be full-time undergraduate students in good standing; and have a superior and competitive academic record.

  1. Direct Exchange Applications

    1.     Submit an online application through University of Calgary International's application system

    o    The apply button below will take you to the online system which you access with your UCalgary IT username and password. Follow the following flow chart to successfully submit your exchange application.

    o    Create your profile on RAISA Click Study Programs tab Search for "Killam" and click "apply" Fill out application & save or apply.

    2.     Complete and submit a hard copy of the Killam Application Package to Colleen Packer at University of Calgary International - Study Abroad (MacKimmie Tower 501). Read the application instructions carefully before beginning the application. Please collect all the application documents (transcript, references, CV/resume, passport scan, etc.) and submit the complete application package in an envelope with your name, student ID number and the title 'Killam Application' by January 8, 2020.  Please use the Killam Application Instructions for more details. 

    3.     Applicants will be reviewed by an internal University of Calgary committee in January and selected students will be put forward to the Killam Fellowships Foundation by January 31, 2020.

  2. Open Competition Applications

    1.     Complete and submit an application for:

    • National Student Exchange (NSE), following the instructions on the How to apply section of the NSE program page . Don't forget to submit the NSE Supplemental Application Form; or
    • Arizona State University, following the instructions on the How to apply section of the ASU program page.

    2.     Complete and submit a hard copy of the Killam Application Package directly to the Killam Fellowships Foundation. Read the application instructions carefully before beginning the application. Applications must be postmarked on or before January 31, 2020.

    Please use the Killam Application Instructions for more details. 

    Please note: If you plan to apply for both the direct and open competitions, you will need two separate applications. Supporting documents cannot be shared between applications - you will need a full application for each competition.

The advisor for the direct competition is: Jessica Cohen

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the open competition is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.