Killam and Notley Application Procedure

Prospective postdocs should first contact the department in which they wish to apply to determine if they should apply for Killam or Notley Fellowship.

If the department recommends a fellowship application, follow the procedures outlined below. Applications are due to the Chair of the department by 2021 - TBD. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Individual departments will pre-screen applications and forward the top-ranked candidate for each Fellowship to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee for consideration.

2020 Application Procedures; 2021 Procedures will be added upon launch of competition

1. Complete an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship Application or a Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

*You can apply for both the Killam and Notley Fellowships

2. Prepare a Statement of Proposed Research Project: (one single-spaced typed page using a font size of 10 or greater--no exceptions will be made regarding the length)

The Statement should include the following information and be written using lay language for a non-technical audience:

  • the objectives of the proposed research project
  • brief methodology
  • an explanation of the novelty and potential significance of the proposed research and the contribution that the research will make to the advancement of knowledge
  • the plan to disseminate the findings and/or enhance the potential for impact
  • references can be on an additional page

Note: Applicants are encouraged to take into account, when applicable, diversity (gender, sex, age, culture, religion, etc.) in your proposed research (from its design to the analysis of the research findings). Incorporating the principles of SGBA+ in research has the potential to increase the rigour and usefulness of the research.

3. Prepare a Statement of Research Experience (maximum two single-spaced typed pages using a font size of 10 or greater--no exceptions will be made regarding the length)

  • references can be on an additional page

4. Prepare a curriculum vitae

  • list refereed publications or conference proceedings, beginning with the most recent
  • list publications in which you are author or co-author that are published, in press, and/or accepted for publication in refereed journals
  • for papers in press, indicate the date of acceptance by the editor
  • begin each entry on a new line and state the full authorship, the year, the title, the name and volume of the journal, and the first and last page numbers. The authorship should be identical to that of the original publication
  • a list of any academic honors or awards
  • a CCV format (one of the Tri-Agency options) is preferred over a generic CV, however, either will be accepted

5. Provide a certified true copy of PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree fulfillment (scanned documents are acceptable)

  • all documents submitted must be in English, as well as the original language in which they were written. A certified translator, not yourself, must prepare the English version
  • applicants who have not fulfilled all requirements for their degree at the time of application must do so prior to commencing Fellowship. A transcript is not required
  • applicants must document any interruptions, delays, or post-degree clinical training in a Special Circumstances attachment

6. Arrange for three Letters of Appraisals from persons familiar with your academic work to be sent to the Chair of the department to which you are applying

  • all letters of appraisal must be signed by the appraiser (electronic signatures are acceptable). They should contain a substantive evaluation of your ability and not be merely testimonials, as the fellowships are intended primarily for those who are seeking to establish themselves in their chosen field. Letters can be scanned and emailed to the chair of the department to which you are applying
  • only have three appraisals sent. Any additional letters will be removed prior to competition

7. Arrange for a letter of support and a Biosketch from the U of A research supervisor

8. Submit a complete application package to the Chair of the department by December 02, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted


See Department Review & Ranking for the next step in the fellowship application process.