The Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Canadians

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States. Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student (registering at their home university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor) or as a self-placed visiting student (registering at the host university and paying host tuition fees). Canadian applicants interested in the direct exchange program must be registered at one of the participating Canadian universities and be planning to visit one of the participating American universities .

The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $5,000 US per semester ($10,000 for the full academic year), a three day orientation in Ottawa, and a three day spring seminar in Washington. In addition, the Foundation provides all Killam Fellows with a health insurance allowance of $500 US. All Killam Fellows are also eligible to apply for a mobility (in-country travel) grant in an amount not to exceed $800 US. The idea of the mobility initiative is to allow students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the Fellows with the opportunity to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the culture of the United States.

Competition dates

Annually, the Killam competition launches in September. The application must be submitted according to the internal deadline of your institution (in the case of the direct exchange), or by February 1 (in the case of the open competition). Applications are for placement in Fall or Spring of the next school year. Please read how to apply for more details.

How to apply

WEBINAR:"for Canadian advisors and undergraduate applicants"

  • Instructions for Canadian undergraduate applicants click here

  • Instructions for Coordinators and Advisors click here

  • Application package for Canadian undergraduate applicants click here

    Each September, the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America hosts the incoming class of Killam Fellows for a fall Orientation in Ottawa, and a spring seminar in Washington, DC.

    Fulbright Canada interviewed Canadian Killam Fellows, to find out why they chose to go to the United States with the Killam Fellowships Program.


    Download the flyer for Canadian students here