Killam Predoctoral Scholarships

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.


  • Killam awards are open to both Canadian and International applicants.
  • Applicants are expected to have also applied for funding from relevant provincial, national or international agencies. For Canadians, this may include NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, NSHRF, 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 Master's level only newly entering students will be considered. At a Doctoral level, only students who have spent less than 24 months in program by May 1st of the award year will be considered. 
  • Awardees must take up their awards in the earliest possible term, so in-program awardees at the doctoral level are expected to begin their award on May 1st

Value and duration:

Master's (Level 1): $6666.66 per term + ITF (international students) + relocation allowance (if applicable)

Doctoral (Level 2): $10000 per term + relocation allowance (if applicable) + President's Award for two years.  Note that Dalhousie PhD programs no longer have International Tuition Fees applied.

Master's students may hold a Level 1 Killam Scholarship for up to 24 months (but not past the end of the second year of their program).  PhD students may hold a Level 2 scholarship for up to 36 months, potentially extended to up to 48 months if they are successful in obtaining a Tri-agency doctoral scholarship during the Killam award period (but not past the end of their fourth year in program).

A student who also receives other FGS-Managed awards (Tri-agency doctoral, NSGS, Scotia Scholar, MSSU, etc.) 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.  For complete details on funding stacking rules and management of awards, please review the Maintaining Graduate Funding [PDF - 33kb] document.

A Killam master's recipient who transfers into a PhD program may continue to hold their Master's award for the original two-year duration at the master's-level funding amount.  Transferring students must apply to the doctoral-level award competitions to be considered for on-going scholarship support in their doctoral studies.  If successful in the doctoral scholarship competition, the Master's-level award will be terminated and the doctoral award will start at the earliest eligible date.   

Requests to transfer Killam scholarship funding between programs within Dalhousie University will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Requests should be submitted to  A transfer will not extend Killam funding beyond the original duration prior to the transfer.

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.

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.  A student may not interrupt an award in order to take up another award or to pursue studies other than those for which a student has received funding.  

Paid parental leave

Effective May 1, 2021, pre-doctoral 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 Pre-doctoral 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. 

Interruptions require supporting documentation such as proof of birth or adoption before reinstatement of the award.  Killam scholars who are considering parental leave are encouraged to reach out to to discuss management of their awards.