Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans

Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans

About the Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Students from Syracuse University may participate in the program as a self-placed visiting student (registering at a Canadian host university and paying host tuition fees) or as a student in an existing exchange program with a Canadian host institution through Syracuse University.

The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $5,000 US per semester ($10,000 for a full academic year), and includes a three-day orientation in Ottawa, and a three-day spring seminar in Washington. In addition, the Foundation provides all American Killam Fellows with an allowance of $250 CA to offset the cost of health insurance. All Killam Fellows are also eligible to apply for a mobility (in-country travel) grant in an amount not to exceed $800 Cdn. The idea of the mobility initiative is to allow students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the Fellows with the opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the culture in Canada.

Location of award, if applicable: Canada

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans application process:

Start by reviewing the scholarship website for information on eligibility and other requirements, and to determine if the scholarship is a good fit for your academic background and career goals.

Contact CFSA and your mentor(s) to discuss your plans to apply.

Application components include:
– A completed application form
– A completed cover sheet and checklist
– A personal statement (1 single spaced page maximum)
– Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum)
– A course selection for the top three (3) choices for which you want to be considered, approved and signed by a student academic advisor at your home university,
– Two reference forms (forms are mandatory; letters are optional) in sealed envelopes with the signature of the referees on the seals. At least one reference should be from a professor familiar with the student’s work
– An official university transcript in a sealed envelope
– A photocopy of your passport (preferable), birth certificate, or other documentation that verifies citizenship
– A report on French language proficiency, if your first language is not French and you plan to study at a French language institution.

The Killam competition launches in September. Applications must be post-marked by January 31 of the academic year prior to the one during which they wish to participate. Award decisions are announced in April. Proof of acceptance into a Canadian institution must be provided by June 30th.

Interested? Contact CFSA to discuss how to get started!

Advising contact:

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