The Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. 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). Applicants interested in the direct exchange program must be registered at one of the participating American universities and be planning to visit one of the participating Canadian universities.

The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $5,000 US per semester ($10,000 for a full academic year), and includes a three day orientation in Ottawa, and a three day spring seminar in Washington. In addition, the Foundation provides all American Killam Fellows with a health insurance allowance of $500 Cdn. All Killam Fellows are also eligible to apply for a mobility (in-country travel) grant in an amount not to exceed $800 Cdn. 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 fuller understanding of the culture in Canada. Killam alumni are also eligible to apply for various enrichment opportunities such as the Fulbright Canada Alumni Internship Program, the Killam Community Action Initiative, and the Local Ambassador Program.

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 American advisors and undergraduate applicants"

  • Instructions for American undergraduate applicants click here

  • Instructions for Coordinators and Advisors click here

  • Application package for American 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 American Killam Fellows, to find out why they chose to go to Canada with the Killam Fellowships Program.


Download the flyer for Canadian students here