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Killam Awards

The Killam Programs support advanced education and research at the University of Calgary, four other Canadian Universities as well as at the National Research Council of Canada. 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. 

At the University of Calgary the Killam Scholarship Selection Committee is responsible for administering the Pre-Doctoral Scholarship and the Postdoctoral Scholarship division of the Killam bequest to the University of Calgary and approves all awards to candidates recommended to it by the University Graduate Scholarship Committee.

Over 600 scholars from virtually every graduate program offering a doctoral degree at the University of Calgary have benefited from Killam awards. 

The entire suite of Killam awards at the University of Calgary include:

Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to doctoral students of outstanding caliber.


Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship


Killam Research and Teaching Awards

Honours outstanding teaching and research at the University of Calgary.


Killam Memorial Chair

Open to distinguished academics in the fields of science or engineering.


Killam Annual Professors

Awards national or international recognized professors.


Killam Visiting Scholar

Awarded annually to a distinguished scholar making a significant contribution to academic life at the University of Calgary.


Donald N. Byers Memorial Killam Prize (Graduate Studies)

Donald N. Byers Memorial Killam Prize for Best Statement of Program of Studies and Research 


Dorothy Killam

Killam Trusts

"My purpose in establishing the Killam Trusts is to help in the building of Canada's future by encouraging advanced study. Thereby I hope, in some measure, to increase the scientific and scholastic attainments of Canadians, to develop and expand the work of Canadian Universities, and to promote sympathetic understanding between Canadians and the peoples of other countries."   

 -from the Will of Dorothy J. Killam, d. July 27, 1965