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Killam Predoctoral Scholarship Level 2 (Doctoral)

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Scholarship at a glance

Value: Up to $30,000 per year for up to three years, plus relocation allowance if applicable and President's Award if eligible.
Scholarship type: Entrance or in-program
Degree level: Doctoral
Available to: Canadian or international students
Renewable: Yes


Dalhousie awards Killam Predoctoral Scholarships on a competitive basis to outstanding graduate students in thesis-based programs (master's or Doctoral level) in any discipline in the sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Candidates are selected from the Harmonized Scholarship Process based on departmental support and the results of the university-level review process.

PhD students may hold a Level 2 scholarship for up to 36 months, potentially extended to up to 48 months if you are successful in obtaining a Tri-agency doctoral scholarship during the Killam award period (but not past the end of your fourth year in program).

If you are receiving other FGS-Managed awards (Tri-agency doctoral, NSGS, Scotia Scholar, MSSU, etc.), they will be subject to FGS funding stacking rules, resulting in the Killam or other awards being designated as honorary for some or all of the award duration. 

Relocation allowance

New Killam Scholars relocating to Nova Scotia to start their graduate program will be assisted with the cost of travel.  Reimbursement of expenses, not to exceed the lowest cost airfare available by the most direct route, will be made for you upon completion of travel and submission of a travel expense claim form with all original receipts and boarding passes (if applicable).  Expenses must be submitted for reimbursement no later than the end of your first term at Dalhousie.  Unfortunately, no reimbursements are provided for the transportation of family members or personal effects

Non-paid interruption of award

Non-paid interruptions of awards for up to 12 months will be permitted for an approved leave of absence from the graduate program for which funding was received.  You may not interrupt an award in order to take up another award or to pursue studies other than those for which you have received funding.  

Paid parental leave

Effective May 1, 2021, predoctoral Killam scholars (Master's and Doctoral) can apply for paid parental leave benefits.  These benefits are intended to support those students who do not have access to other paid parental leave supports through tri-agency research or scholarship funding.

  • A Killam Predoctoral scholarship may be interrupted for a period of up to 12 months for parental leave.  

  • The benefit received includes a stipend of up to $1250/month for up to 12 months.  The stipend amount will be reduced by funding received from other sources (e.g. tri-agency scholarship or research grant parental leave benefits, or other funding sources).

  • Interruptions for this purpose must be taken within six months following the birth or adoption of the child.

  • Award holders may request a parental leave for every occasion of birth or adoption that occurs during the tenure of their award.

  • Multiple births or adoptions upon the same occasion (for example, twins or sibling adoptions) do not increase the duration or value of the leave.

  • The award holder must be the primary caregiver for the duration of the interruption.

  • If both parents hold Killam funding, they must share the paid leave for a cumulative maximum of 12 months.

  • Approval of paid parental leave is subject to the availability of Killam funds. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Awards are open to both Canadian and international students.
  • You must have spent less than 24 months in your doctoral program by May 1st of the award year.

  • You must also apply for funding from relevant provincial, national and/or international agencies, such as NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Research NS, etc.

Application overview

  • Applications are conducted through the Harmonized Scholarship Process.
  • If offered an award, you must take it up in the earliest possible term.