Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship

Nominations are due in the Winter term


  • First Class Academic Standing equivalent to a GPA of 3.5 or greater over the student’s current graduate program graded coursework at UofA
  • Must be a continuing in, or have been recommended for admission to, a doctoral degree program
  • Applicants must have completed no more than 48 months in the doctoral program as of December 31, 2022
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate work [master's or doctoral level] before start of tenure
  • Applicants should anticipate being registered in their doctoral program for at least 18 months [as of May 2023] as the award is offered for two years
  • All fields are eligible for funding
  • Qualifying students, students on academic probation, or students registered in cost-recovery/non-standard fees programs are not eligible
  • Offered to outstanding students
  • Selection based on the applicant's likelihood to contribute to the advancement of learning or to win distinction in their profession
  • Killam scholars should not be one-sided and their intellect should be complemented by a sound character
  • Tenure of award may begin on May 1 or September 1
  • The award is offered for two years, subject to renewal in year two of the award (renewals must meet eligibility requirements and submit proper documentation)
  • If the student is registered as part-time at the time of application they may apply; however, they must register full-time to hold the award
  • If an applicant has transferred from a master's program to a doctoral program, the number of months completed during the master's program will count towards the doctoral program
  • Successful recipients who are on a study permit will also receive the International Graduate Student Differential Fee - see GPS Award Services for more information
  • Recipients receive a certificate acknowledging their award
  • Extenuating circumstances may allow a recipient to hold this award beyond their sixth year. Please see Application Instructions for more information
  • Open to Canadian citizens
  • Open to permanent residents
  • Open to foreign nationals holding Canadian study permits
  • Open to applicants in thesis-based study programs
  • Open to applicants in doctoral programs
  • Memo
  • Application Form
  • Reference Letter Form

How to apply

By nomination only. Students should contact their department for details on the application process. Nominations are submitted to GPS by the Department (or Faculty). The Graduate Scholarship Committee makes the final decision.

Additional Information

Deadlines on this page are approximations. Departments may have their own internal deadlines for adjudicating awards before submitting to GPS. Please contact your department directly about deadlines.

The value and number of awards and scholarships are determined yearly and may increase or decrease. Departments can confirm the current value of open awards and GPS deadlines through GSMS.

Award Details


Killam Trusts

Number of Awards


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Award Category

Inter-Departmental Competitions