Killam Laureates

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship

The Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarships are the most prestigious graduate awards administered by the University of Alberta. They are awarded to outstanding doctoral students who, at the time of application, have completed at least one year of graduate study. There is no restriction as to citizenship. All fields of study are eligible for funding.

Killam Scholarships are awarded for two years and include a stipend of $45,000 per year. Each award is renewable for a second year upon continued exceptional performance in a doctoral program at the University of Alberta.Honorary Killam Scholarships are awarded to excellent candidates who will receive significant income from another major award.

Honorary laureates qualify for all the benefits afforded to Killam laureates. This includes, if applicable, a top-up to the stipend of their other award to bring it to the current level of a Killam Scholarship.

The Graduate Scholarship Committee, a multi-disciplinary committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, adjudicates and selects applicants for the Killam Scholarships. The Killam Scholarship Committee then submits the list of recommended applicants to the Killam Trustees for final approval.

At the annual Killam Awards Celebration, all new laureates receive a certificate acknowledging their award.

2020 Recipients


Jonathan Dubue
, Educational Psychology

Rezvaneh Erfani Hossein Pour, Sociology
(see story: "In terms of global environmentalism  one size does not fit all, especially in the Middle East")

Ahmed Essa, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Cole Gross, Renewable Resources

Kim Ho, Pediatrics
(see story: "Ketones buy time for a failing heart but are just more fuel for a healthy one: study")

Rylan Kafara, Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
(see story: "June 2020 Faculty awards and accolades")

Lisa Martin, English and Film Studies
(see story: "Outstanding researchers, students recognized with prestigious award")

Valentin Mocanu, Surgery
(see story: "Vanier scholar to use fecal transplant to unveil the link between obesity and the gut microbiota")

Oghenevwarho Ojakovo, Music
(see story: "Outstanding researchers, students recognized with prestigious award")

Albert Remus Rosana, Chemistry
(see story: "Two PhD students honoured with prestigious Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Graduate Prize")

Conor Ruzycki, Mechanical Engineering

Amanda Spallacci, English and Film Studies
(see story: "Outstanding researchers, students recognized with prestigious award")

Jagdeesh Uppal, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
(see story: "Identifying arsenic biomarkers could protect vulnerable populations from arsenic toxicity")

Cassandra Wilkinson, Psychology
(see story: "Two PhD students honoured with prestigious Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Graduate Prize")