National Killam Program

Dorothy Killam cared about the future. She had a vision of building Canada’s future through advanced study. Through her will, Dorothy Killam established a perpetual trust to realize that vision and to fund generations of scholars in Canada.

The National Killam Program is privately funded through the generous contribution of Dorothy J. Killam to build Canada’s future by encouraging advanced study. Since its inception, the Killam Trusts have provided more than $1 billion for higher education in Canada. There are more than 8,000 Killam laureates worldwide.

The National Killam Program consists of the Killam Prizes and the Dorothy Killam Fellowships. The Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have distinguished themselves through sustained research excellence, and the Fellowships provide support to scholars of exceptional ability by granting them time to pursue research projects of broad significance and widespread interest. Killam Laureates are inclusive collaborators, barrier breakers and researcher leaders.

The winners of the 2023 Killam Prizes and the Dorothy Killam Fellowships were announced on March 15, 2023. The Dorothy Killam Fellowships launched in April 2022 under new administration of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). As part of the redesign, the NRC engaged with hundreds of stakeholders and established the National Killam Program Advisory Board and the National Killam Selection Committee .