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Killam Fellowship

The Canadian Educational Exchange Foundation has developed a partnership with the American Killam Trusts to create a high-level scholarship/exchange program for third-year U.S. college students to study in Canada, to promote a mutual understanding between Americans and Canadians.

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 at one of 10 universities in Canada. Only U.S. citizens are eligible. Undergraduate students in all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $5,000 US per semester ($10,000 for a full academic year), an all expense paid three day orientation in Ottawa, and a three day all expense paid seminar in Washington. In addition, the Foundation provides all American Killam Fellows with a health insurance allowance of $500 Cdn.

Students should begin their applications through the Office for International Study early in the fall of their sophomore year, with an initial request for host school approval by November 1.


It is expected that applicants will have had to comply with academic standards similar to those of students at these Canadian universities.

Killam applicants prioritize their Canadian University choices, and the foundation in Canada does its best to place fellows in their first choices.

Students can apply either to the direct exchange program (partner institutions) or the open competition (self-placed program). Please note that the application is suitable for either or both programs.

Direct exchange program

Killam Fellows who participate in the direct exchange program (partner institutions) will register at their home institution and attend a partner host institution as an exchange student and, during the course of their fellowship, will continue to pay tuition and fees to their home institution.

Open competition

Killam Fellows who participate in the open competition (self-placed program) will enroll as a fee-paying visiting student at their host institution and pay visitors' tuition fees to their host institution. They may, however, still receive a Killam Fellowship if they choose to apply for an existing exchange or study-abroad program through their home institution and, consequently, attend the nonpartner host institution in the other country as an exchange student while paying tuition fees to their home institution.


Students should take the following steps in applying for this program.

  1. Contact assistant dean for international study Lisa Johnson for more information about the application process.
  2. Attend a study abroad information session, held most Mondays at 4 p.m., organized by the Office for International Study.
  3. Finalize study abroad plans with Lisa Johnson, assistant dean for international study, before beginning the Killam application.
  4. Contact Elly Mons in the Fellowships Office for help with the Killam application or guidance regarding the fellowship process in general.
  5. Keep an eye on the deadlines. The first campus deadline is November 1.

Canadian Universities

To find out more about course offerings or for other help, contact the university directly. If you can, try to begin gathering information in the spring semester of your first year.

Michelle Emond, Killam Program Officer
(613) 688-5513

Acadia University

Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Ms. Shawna Garrett
(902) 585-1807

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ms. Sharon Blanchard
(902) 494-1740

McGill University

Montréal, Quebec
Ms. Linda Anderson
(514) 398-1546
Exchange Student Application Guide

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario
Ms. Karen Jowett
(905) 525-9140 ext: 23145

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St John's, Newfoundland (main campus)
Ms. Judy Casey
(709) 737-7910

Mount Allison University

Sackville, New Brunswick
Ms. Sharon Doucette
(506) 364-2622

Queen's University

Kingston, Ontario
Ms. Teresa Alm
(613) 533-2216 Ext: 77110

Université de Montréal

Montréal, Quebec
Ms. Joanne Néron
(514) 343-6803

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario
Ms. Line Bissonnette
(613) 562-5800 Ext: 1448

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Miranda Chen
(416) 946-3091

York University

Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Beth Alaksa
(416) 736-5177