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Deadline: 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. Click here to learn more.


  • All American applicants for the Killam Fellowships Program must be U.S. citizens;
  • full-time undergraduate students in good standing at a fully accredited degree granting college or university in the United States
  • have met the eligibility requirements of their home university(as they relate to the participation in international exchange programs)
  • be fluent in the English language (and/or French, where appropriate)
  • have a superior and competitive academic record
  • complete the application process prior to the published deadlines, in the case of the direct exchange applicants;
  • be nominated by one’s home university.

How to Apply

Applicants may apply to either the direct exchange program or to the open competition, as they see fit. Please note that there is a single application form for all American applicants.

Direct Exchange

  • Applicants to the direct exchange program must be registered and in good standing at one of the participating American universities and be planning to take up their award at one of the participating Canadian universities.
  • Direct exchange applicants must submit their applications to the relevant office at their home university (paying particular attention to the internal deadline of the institution). Participating universities may nominate up to three full year candidates (or six one semester candidates).


Open Competition

  • Applicants to the open competition may be students currently enrolled at any degree granting institution in the United States (including the participating universities) and be applying to any degree granting institution (including the participating colleges and universities) in Canada.
  • Open competition students may apply directly to the Foundation or through the study abroad office at their own institution. There are no limits to the number of applicants in the open competition. All applicants forwarded directly to the Foundation will be considered for the open competition.
  • All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and the applicants ranked by an independent adjudication committee comprised of faculty members from participating universities and senior officials from the Foundation. The committee will rank all candidates based on their proposed program of study, their personal statement, their record of academic achievement, and their letters of reference. The committee will produce a list of recommended candidates, which will include alternates. This list will form the basis for all award decisions.
  • All awards are subject to the availability of funds, acceptance by the host university, and the ability to secure appropriate visa arrangements. Please note that immigration rules and procedures are subject to change and that all applicants must meet the current legal requirements of the host country.
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