Study at an American University

The Killam Fellowship program is a prestigious exchange program that gives Canadian students the opportunity to study abroad while attending an American University. Students are eligible to study abroad either for one semester or a full academic year.

If selected, students are awarded $5,000 US per semester to help cover the costs of studying as well as additional funds to help pay the cost of health insurance. The Killam Fellowship will also cover the expenses for students to attend a Fall Orientation in Ottawa as well as a Spring Seminar in Washington.

In addition, all Fellows are eligible to apply for a mobility grant in an amount not to exceed $800 US. The mobility initiative is to allow students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the Fellows with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the culture of the host country. The Killam Fellowship Program also offers specialized programming for alumni.

2017-2018 Killam Fellowships Program Flyer: Download here (PDF)

Direct Exchange Program

Carleton students are eligible to apply for the Direct Exchange Program, which allows them to pay Carleton tuition while attending one of the Killam Fellowships Program’s American Partners. Applicants must submit their internal Carleton University Exchange application (via Carleton Central) by December 7, 2016 -AND- submit their Killam application to the ISSO by January 16, 2017 to be considered.

For more information contact: Sarah Lanoue (International Student Services Office, 128 University Centre,

Open Competition

Carleton students are also eligible to apply for the Open category which allows them to attend any degree-granting institution in the United States. Selected students in the open category are responsible for paying any required tuition at their host university, but can use the funds from the Killam Fellowship to help cover the costs. Open competition students may apply directly to the Foundation or through the study abroad office at their own institution. There are no limits to the number of applicants in the open competition. All applicants forwarded directly to the Foundation will be considered for the open competition.

For more information visit the Killam Fellowships website.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Canadian citizenship
  • Full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing
  • Students must be in second year standing or higher at the time of application
  • Students who tranferred to Carleton must have completed at least 1 full academic year of studies at Carleton at the time of application
  • Minimum overall CGPA of 10.0

Application Deadlines:

Students applying to the Killam Fellowships Program for the 2017-2018 academic year must submit their internal Carleton University Exchange Program application (via Carleton Central) by December 7, 2016  – AND – submit their Killam application to the ISSO by January 16, 2017.

Application Instructions and Required Documents:

Instructions for completing the internal Carleton University Exchange Program application can be found on the ISSO website.

Instructions for completing the Killam Fellowships application package can be downloaded from the Killam website. The list below is meant as a guideline only and should be thoroughly cross-referenced with the Killam website. 

A complete Killam Fellowships application consists of these components, printed on one side of a page only (not double sided), in the following order, except the transcripts:
– completed cover sheet and checklist,
– completed, signed and dated Killam Fellowships Program application form,
– personal statement (one (1) single-spaced page maximum),
– clear and concise curriculum vitae/résumé (three (3) pages maximum),
– 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 (see
application instructions above for more details),
– an official university transcript in a sealed envelope (see application instructions for more details),
– photocopy of your passport (preferable), birth certificate, or other documentation that verifies citizenship,
– report on English language proficiency, if your first language is not English and you are not currently
studying at an English-language institution. Please note that candidates may also be asked to submit a TOEFL score.

All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and the applicants ranked by an independent adjudication committee comprised of faculty members from participating universities and senior officials from the Foundation.

All awards are subject to the availability of funds, acceptance by the host university, and the ability to secure appropriate visa arrangements. Please note that immigration rules and procedures are subject to change and that all applicants must meet the current legal requirements of the host country.

For more information, please visit the Killam Fellowships Program website or contact Sarah Lanoue (ISSO) at