Killam Predoctoral Scholarships

General Information on the Killam Predoctoral Scholarships

Dalhousie awards Killam Predoctoral Scholarships on a competitive basis to outstanding graduate students planning to enroll or already enrolled 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 rankings and the results of the university-level review process.

Killam Predoctoral scholarships are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians, and are awarded to top-ranked eligible applications in the Harmonized Scholarship Process. Strong applicants are expected to have also applied for funding from relevant provincial, national or international agencies. For Canadians, this may NSERCSSHRCCIHRNSHRF, NSGS, etc, as applicable to their discipline.  For non-Canadian, applicants are expected to have applied for provincial scholarships (NSGS, etc.) and national/international scholarships for which they would be eligible.

Killam Predoctoral Scholarship holders must be eligible to receive scholarship support for at least two years. This means that at the masters level only newly entering students will be considered. Renewal is approved upon evidence of satisfactory performance at a required minimum level and is not automatic. Masters students may hold a Level 1 Killam Scholarship for 24 months.  PhD students may hold a Level 2 scholarship for up to 36 months. The Level 1 scholarships are valued at $20,000 plus travel and International Differential Fees (IDF) if eligible.  Level 2 scholarships are valued at $30,000 plus IDF, President's Award and travel if eligible. No remission of fees accompanies the scholarships. Killam scholars may perform instructing or demonstrating duties, and, if they do, will be given additional remuneration for these services by their employer.

Renewal of a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship is not automatic. Killam Predoctoral Scholars, Supervisors, and Graduate Coordinators are reminded that Annual Progress Reports are required from scholars wishing to renew their scholarships. Annual Progress Reports will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Annual Progress Reports must be submitted by the posted deadline.

Nomination Forms

Applications are received through Dalhousie’s Harmonized Scholarship Process.

Renewal Request

Students must have completed an up-to-date annual progress report in GSIS. These reports are due one month prior to the anniversary date of the start of the student's program. These reports will be used to verify student progress and replaces the need for submission of a renewal form.