Killam Faculty Research Prize

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund

Established in 1986, the UBC Killam Research Prizes are awarded annually to top campus researchers. 

Up to ten prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to fulltime faculty members with tenure or tenure-track in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions. All fields of research are included. 

Five prizes are awarded for the types of scholarly activity associated with NSERC and CIHR, and five for the types associated with SSHRC and the Canada Council.  Each type is adjudicated by a subcommittee, the Science and Applied Science Subcommittee or the Arts and Humanities Subcommittee.

At least three prizes in each of the groups are allocated to faculty in the Senior Category (faculty members who have held their final degree for more than 12 years as of the closing date for nominations), but typically at least one junior prize is also awarded. 


Nominees must have held appointment at UBC for at least 36 months (3 years) as of the closing date for nominations.

  • The UBC Killam Research Prize may be held only while the recipient is a full-time member of faculty. 
  • A Prize is tenable during a period of study leave; for other types of leave, it is deferred until the recipient returns to the University.
  • A faculty member is eligible for only one Killam Research Prize in their lifetime.
  • Those in receipt of a Charles McDowell Award for Research Excellence (UBC’s ultimate award for young scientists and engineers) will NOT be considered. 

October 1, 2017

Note: When the award deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.


Faculty members may not apply for the Killam Prizes on their own behalf; two to three tenure track faculty members in the nominee’s Faculty must nominate them. Nominators will complete all documentation and submit it via the form below, for adjudication by the Faculty Research Awards Committee.   

Deans' Acknowledgement (signature no longer required)

For tracking purposes and to avoid duplication, nominators are encouraged to advise their respective Deans' offices of nominations. The signature of the Dean is NOT required for nominations.

Nomination submission

In addition to completing the questions and supplying a 50-word citation, the following material must also be uploaded by the nominator:

  • Nomination letter (two-page maximum)
  • Official UBC CV format required 
  • Three External Letters of Support

Full details and requirements are outlined on the nomination form below

Questions ?

Please ensure that ALL nomination material is gathered prior to starting the submission, as the form cannot be saved for later completion once started.

Nomination Form

Nominee Information



Nominators' Information
Nominator 1
Nominator 2
Nominator 3 (optional)

Nomination Letter

A joint letter of nomination signed by all nominating individuals in PDF format.

  • Nominators are asked to submit ONE collective letter signed by all nominating individuals. The nomination letter should not be more than two pages in length, font size no smaller than 11 pt. Letters exceeding the two page maximum will not be accepted.
  • The letter should frame the achievements of the candidate for a non-specialist, multidisciplinary, university-wide committee.
  • It should set the subject matter and the contribution of the research. It should also illustrate how the candidate has had an impact in his or her field.
  • The letter should explain how the nominee meets the award criteria and why the candidate should be selected to receive the award. 
  • The letter must be signed by all nominators, showing clearly the name and title and affiliation of each nominator. 

File should be named in the format:  Last_Name_of_Nominee_NominationLetter.pdf​


Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.

External Letters of Support
  • It is the responsibility of the nominators to collect three support letters for the nomination file. Letters must be signed. Letters in excess of three will not be considered.
  • Referees should be external to UBC and internationally recognized in their field (i.e. outside of UBC and preferably one from outside of Canada).
  • Referees must be at arm’s length and may not include thesis or dissertation supervisor(s), anyone the candidate has supervised, or anyone with the candidate has collaborated (as coauthor or co-investigator) within the past 24 months.
  • References are deemed crucial in the selection process thus letters should be objective assessments of the nominee’s suitability for the prize. 
  • Files should be named Nominee_Last_Name_Referee1.pdf, Nominee_Last_Name_Referee2.pdf, Nominee_Last_Name_Referee3.pdf

Questions ?

external referee 1


Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.


External Referee 2


Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.


External Referee 3


Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.


Please include a brief 50-word citation of the candidate's research in lay language that a non-expert will be able to understand (the citation should not exceed the maximum of 50 words).



Files must be less than 50 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.