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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

Closed for Direct competition.

Closed for Open competition (students apply directly to Killam (funding) and NSE).

2023/2024 Direct Competition applications

December 16, 2022

Program-specific additional requirements

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

2024/2025 Open Competition applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025
Deadline: December 16, 2023

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). Please see program webpage 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. You must be a degree seeking student for the full academic year in which you are hoping to participate in the program. 

  1. Direct Exchange Applications

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

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

    STEP 2: Complete and email a copy of the Killam Application Package documents to Colleen Packer. Read the application instructions carefully before beginning the application. Please collect all the application documents (transcript, references, CV/resume, passport scan, etc.) and email them to with your name, student ID number and the title 'Killam Application' by the application deadline listed above.  Please use the Killam Application Instructions for more details. 

    STEP 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, 2023.

  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.

    2.     Complete and submit a 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, 2023.

    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: Jared Secord

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program 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

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

Please contact the Global Learning Office for questions regarding the Open competition.

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 global learning 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 Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.