1. About the Program
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Application Instructions
    1. 2020-2021 Direct Exchange Program
    2. 2020-2021 Open Competition
  4. Required Documents

About the Program

The Killam Fellowships 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 $750 US for health insurance allowance. 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.

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 transferred to Carleton must have completed at least one (1) full academic year of studies at Carleton at the time of application
  • Students must have enough credits remaining in their degree to study full time at the partner institution
  • Minimum overall CGPA of 10.0

Application Instructions

2020-2021 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 the following to be considered:

  1. Carleton University Outgoing International Exchange application (via Carleton Central) by the application deadline.
  2. Killam application package submitted online by January 15, 2020.

For more information contact: International Student Services Office, 128 University Centre, isso@carleton.ca.

2020-2021 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. 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 Program  website.

Required Documents

Review instructions on How to Apply for the Carleton University Exchange Program application via Carleton Central.

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 (submitted online):

  • completed 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
  • provide two reference forms
  • an official university transcript (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 the ISSO at isso@carleton.ca.