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Killam NRC Paul Corkum Fellowship

Opportunity NameKillam NRC Paul Corkum Fellowship
AgencyNational Killam Program
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 1 year
Application due to FSc RO at for full review06-06-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-13-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-18-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 06-20-2024, by 11:59PM

The Killam NRC Paul Corkum Fellowship creates opportunities for mid- to late-career Canadian and international scholars to collaborate with NRC researchers. The Killam NRC Paul Corkum Fellowship provides release time for scholars who have demonstrated outstanding research ability and are proposing collaborative research with an NRC researcher. The program operates on a co-PI model where the Fellow and the NRC researcher collaborate to deliver a specific project for a period of time (usually one year).

The Killam NRC Paul Corkum Fellows are leading researchers whose superior, ground-breaking, best-in class research stands to have significant impact on a national or global scale. A Killam NRC Paul Corkum Fellow embodies one or more of the Killam attributes:

  • Inclusive collaborator
  • Barrier breaker
  • Research leader

The Killam NRC Paul Corkum Fellowship is intended to:

  • Enable new and potentially disruptive technologies to be developed with industry, academics and government;
  • Strengthen collaborations with industry, academia, and various levels of government to attain critical mass for addressing national issues of importance to the Canadian economy and quality of life for Canadians;
  • Find solutions to some o the most serious public policy challenges; and
  • Create stronger innovation ecosystems in specific sectors by enabling industry, academics, and government labs to partner with NRC researchers, leveraging NRC facilities and resources, and share knowledge.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be willing and able to travel to an NRC location or locations in Canada to collaborate with an NRC co-PI as required;
  • Obtain a reliability status personnel security clearance;
  • Demonstrate commitment to building Canada’s future and alignment with Killam attributes;
  • Agree to participate in community engagement and knowledge mobilization activities. This may include: participation in the Killam Laureate Network, participation in a Fellows lecture series and invited lecturers, and/or participation in dissemination activities with relevant University departments, or with other organizations or appropriate scientific societies.
  • Demonstrate commitment to knowledge exchange with their NRC co-PI;
  • Be a mid-to-late career researcher, although researchers at earlier career stages may be considered in some cases;
  • Receive release time to conduct the proposed research, and will continue to be employed by the same institution for up to 12 months from the start of the Fellowship; and,
  • 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. 


The National Killam Program Office (NKPO) invites you to participate in an information session to learn more about the new fellowship opportunity. The sessions will take place on the follow dates:

  • English session: March 07, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET on Teams
  • French session: March 14, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET on Teams

To attend, please RSVP to indicating your full name, the session you would like to attend, and any accessibility requirements. You are also asked to submit questions by email in advance of the session. 

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