Building Canada's future

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Since 1965, the Killam Trusts have awarded more than one billion dollars across 8,000 scholarships and fellowships to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty at Killam institutions across Canada. No other philanthropic effort has contributed this level of funding to higher education in Canada.

The Killam vision and support was undoubtedly the major driver in our transformation from a small college by the sea to a globally recognized research university. 

An elite group: Canada's Killam institutions

Dalhousie is honoured to be one of only five institutions to benefit from the legacy of Izaak Walton Killam and Dorothy J. Killam. Canada's other Killam institutions are:

In addition to these five institutions, the Canada Council for the Arts administers the Killam Research Fellowship program as well as the Canada Council Killam Prize, worth $100,000 each and awarded annually in the fields of Engineering, Health Science, Social Science, Natural Science and the Humanities.

President's Message

Dalhousie president Kim Brooks

“The language in Dorothy Killam’s will is simultaneously unpresumptuous and overwhelmingly ambitious, and has contributed to Dalhousie’s success.”

Read a message from President Brooks

The Dalhousie Connection

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The legacy of Izaak and Dorothy Killam is one that is synonymous with financial support, advanced studies and research excellence.

Learn more about the Killams

The Killam Impact

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For more than 50 years, Killam scholarships, fellowships, and awards have supported talented and deserving scholars in their quest for new knowledge. 

Explore the Killam Impact.

Meet our Killam Community

Killam Graduate Scholars

Keisha Jeffries sitting at a desk

Nurse scientist and Killam Scholar alum Dr. Keisha Jefferies leads critical research focused on healthcare and racial equity. She was recently named as one of Dalhousie's inaugual University Research Chairs

Read more about Keisha's experience as a Killam Scholar.


Killam Researcher Awards

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Dr. Mita Dasog's research focuses on technologies for use in harvesting and storing solar energy. She's one of four Killam Memorial Chairs at Dalhousie making a difference with their research.

Learn more about Mita and her fellow Killam Memorial Chairs.