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Dorothy Killam Research Fellowships

Opportunity NameDorothy Killam Research Fellowships
AgencyNational Research Council Canada (NRC)
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration2 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review05-30-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-06-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-11-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 06-13-2024, by 11:59PM
  • To support scholars of exceptional ability by granting them time to pursue research projects of broad significance and widespread interest within the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering or studies linking any of these disciplines.

The Dorothy Killam Fellow is a leading researcher whose superior, ground-breaking, best-in-class research stands to have significant impact on a national or global scale. The Fellow is also someone who reflects some of the Killam attributes:

  • Inclusive Collaborator – whose work exemplifies inclusion and understanding of people, cultures and needs with participation among economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Barrier Breaker – whose original, transformational, future focused generation of knowledge and technology stands to challenge the way we live
  • Research Leader – who activates thoughtful cooperation among scholars, disciplines and institutions


To be eligible, applicants:

  • demonstrate commitment to building Canada’s future and alignment with Killam attributes;
  • are mid-career researchers who usually completed their PhD no more than 15 years prior, though special circumstances may result in applicants being more or less than 15 years post-PhD;
  • must be employed by a university or other research institute for the duration of the fellowship (2 years) and will submit a proof of employment;
  • may not have already been awarded a fellowship from the Killam Program of the Canada Council for the Arts. Please note that National Killam Program Office employees, members of the National Killam Program Advisory Board, or the Selection Committee may not apply.
  • consent to disclose any information that may constitute a significant departure from generally-recognized standards of public behaviour and which is seen to undermine the public reputation of the National Killam Program.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at