KILLAM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

How to Apply for KILLAM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2023 Canada

Pursue your studies in Canada. Good news! There is currently a call for applications for the KILLAM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from international students.

We'll be able to give you a comprehensive explanation of this fellowship, including its many advantages and the application procedure, in the following paragraphs.


Through the provisions of Izaak Walton Killam's wife Dorothy Johnston Killam's will and the contributions that were made during her lifetime, the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam. Their primary mission is to provide financial assistance to five Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts to advance research and higher levels of education.


The Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies awards the UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships annually. These fellowships are open to applicants in the vast majority of academic fields. Mrs. Killam hoped that the individuals selected to receive fellowships would: "Be inclined to encourage the development of learning or gain distinction in the industry."

About The Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is a merit-based, limited-term fellowship that supports outstanding Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences engaged in original and prestigious research in their fields of specialization. The fellowship is intended to promote the career development of qualified applicants while helping them to make optimal use of their time and skills.


To support Canadian research in all its forms, the Government of Canada established the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program in 2023 to recognize and reward exceptional undergraduate or postdoctoral researchers for their outstanding achievements. Eligibility for this fellowship is restricted to those Ph.D. candidates who have completed at least one year of dissertation work and are therefore eligible to apply for doctoral studies after September.


The Killam Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is designed to support outstanding, mid-career researchers with advanced study in a nominated area of research. The fellowship provides partial or complete funding for up to three months towards the cost of living and related expenses while the grantee pursues their career development and research agenda.


The fellowship may be awarded once in the postdoctoral period, or it can be renewed every two years. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted.

To apply for this program, you must:

• Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident

• Have a minimum age of 30 when applying (21 for international applicants)

• Have a doctorate from an eligible school (academic, professional, theological)

• Have an active and ongoing post-doctoral appointment at an eligible institution within Canada at the time of application. When applying for this program, you must indicate whether you are a male or female candidate and your gender identity. If you identify as a man or a woman, select either option.

Scholarship Overview

  • Study Level: Postdoctoral
  • Institution(s): University of British Colombia
  • Study in: Canada
  • Program duration: One- two years
  • Last date: November 10

Financial Coverage

KILLAM Postdoctoral Fellowship provides the following benefits:

  • An annual income of $50,000 for two years
  • A traveling allowance of $4,000 over two years.

FAQs

Get all you need to know from start till finish on the go;

How do I apply for a postdoctoral fellowship in Canada?

Obtain a letter of invitation/offer of postdoctoral appointment from a McGill University faculty member (letter must indicate the total stipend amount). If you are receiving funding from a source outside of Canada, the source of funding and stipend should be indicated in the letter of invitation/offer.

When can I apply for PostDoc funding?

Applications for the President's and Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs must be submitted via the online application. The online application for the next award cycle is available each year from September through October. The application deadline is November 1.

Can I fund my own postdoc?

Postdocs should be engaged at no less than the minimum funding. This funding may be obtained by the postdoc as an award or fellowship, through the supervisor's operating grants, or through departmental funds (or any combination thereof). Postdocs must NOT be self-funded (i.e., here on their own private funds).

How do you get a postdoctoral fellowship?

Applying for a PostDoc is fairly similar to applying for a PhD. You will need to demonstrate that you have the research skills and interests to suit the fellowship or role you are interested in. This means that, as with a job, you must tailor your PostDoc application to the particular position you are applying for.

What visa do I need for postdoc in Canada?

Postdocs who do not require a TRV will require an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). All international postdocs are expected to have an eTA, unless they are citizens of the United States, or require a TRV to enter Canada. US citizens can apply for a work permit at the Canadian port of entry.

Is it worth doing a postdoc?

A postdoc does give you an opportunity to submit more publications and further develop and develop many skills that would be beneficial to an academic position. However, you actually don't need a postdoc for some professorial jobs if your experience and publication history match the institution's needs.

Is it difficult to get a postdoc?

There are many choices open to a successful PhD candidate, but for those looking to advance their careers within academia, a postdoctoral position is usually the next step. Finding the right postdoc and then securing it is a challenging and time-consuming task.

Can I get PR after postdoc in Canada?

If you wish to stay and live in Canada permanently, the work experience you gain as a postdoc can count significantly towards a permanent residency application through either the Canada Experience Class (CEC) of Federal Skilled Worker Programs (FSWP).

Is a postdoc considered a job in Canada?

Yes. Postdoc salaries/stipends are considered to be taxable employment income by the Canadian federal government. Provincial treatment of taxes may vary - please contact your local Postdoctoral Association - but generally also apply.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for KILLAM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Required Language: English
  • Eligible Countries: All World Countries
  • Must not have pursued PhD-level studies at any campus of the University of British Columbia.
  • Must have completed all requirements of their PhD no more than 24 months prior to the anticipated fellowship start date.
  • Must not currently hold a tenure-track or continuing faculty position at a university or college. Applicants who
  • currently hold a temporary, term or non-tenure track faculty appointments are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

  • Make or obtain a copy of your original academic records
  • Send them to the home university, and ask your home university to:
  • verify that the photocopies are consistent with their records
  • attest that the copies are true and stamp them with an official university stamp
  • put the attested, stamped photocopies in sealed envelopes endorsed by the Registrar
  • Submit the sealed, endorsed envelopes to the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, attention Killam
  • Postdocs, 6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2.
  • Enquiries about the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship can be directed to killam.fellowships@ubc.ca.
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