Killam Fellowships Program

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student at one of the participating institutions in the United States. Credit load and housing information varies by institution.  

Students may apply in one of two ways Direct Exchange or Open Competition. Apply through Direct Exchange if you are interested in Killam Fellowship Program member institutions. Apply through Open Exchange if you are interested in an American institution that is not part of the Killam partnership for the award. 

Program Poster (PDF) 

All applicants for the Killam Fellowships Program must: 

Be Canadian citizens 

Be full-time undergraduate students in good standing 

Have a superior and competitive academic record 

In the case of the direct exchange applicants, be nominated by CIE. 


Direct Exchange member institutions: 

American University
Arizona State University
Bridgewater State University
Clemson University
Florida Polytechnic University
Ithaca College
Miami Dade College
Smith College
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
University of California at Irvine
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
University of Maine
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Wellesley College 

Students selected for Killam Fellowships will attend the host institution as an exchange student while continuing to pay fees to U of T. 

Application instructions:
1. Submit the application to CIE and send the following documents as attachments to by December 4, 2023: 

  • Proof of Citizenship (pdf, passport) 
  • Curriculum Vitae (pdf, up to 3 pages, 12 point font, 1″ margins) 
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) from all post-secondary education institutions (pdf) 
  • Personal Statement (pdf, 1 page, single spaced, 12 point font, 1″ margins) 
  1. If you are nominated by CIE (nominations decisions will provided in early January) will then submit a separate application to Killam Fellowships Program by January 31, 2024. You would need to submit two references directly to Killam.

Open Competition: if you are interested in an American institution that is not part of the Killam partnership, apply for the award through the open competition (deadline: January 31, 2024). You may apply for the award directly to the Foundation. You will attend the host institution as a non-degree student. All fees will be paid to the host institution. 

Funding: the program provides award of 6,000 US$ per semester, fully covered health benefit plan, a 3-day orientation in Ottawa, and a 3-day spring seminar in Washington. All Killam Fellows are also eligible to apply for a mobility (in-country travel) grant up to 800 US$ to travel within the host country. 



Country(ies): United States
City: Varied
Institution: University


Accepting Applications: No
Timeline: Fall/ Winter/ Year-long
Run By: CIE
For Credit: Yes

Deadlines: Fall/Full Year/Winter Deadline: December 4, 2023


Language of Study: English
Level of Study: Undergrad
Subjects Available at Host: All
Program Type: Study
Tuition & Incidentals: Paid to UofT or host institution
Program Fees: No fee
Funding: Killam Fellowship program


Schools/Faculties: All
Requirements: Minimum CGPA: 3.5