About the Program

The Killam Fellowships Program is administered by the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the U.S. It is supported by the American Killam Trusts, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the Foundation. The Program provides support for undergraduate students in either country to participate in a binational residential academic exchange program.

Students from the following US universities can participate in the Killam Fellowship: American University, Arizona State University, Bridgewater State College, Clemson University, Ithaca College, Smith College, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, University of Maine, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, Wellesley College.

Killam Fellowship


  • Be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Be in good standing at a fully accredited degree granting college or university in the United States
  • Met the eligibility requirements of their home university(as they relate to the participation in international exchange programs)
  • Be fluent in the English language (and/or French, where appropriate)
  • Have a superior and competitive academic record
  • Complete the application process prior to the published deadlines, in the case of the direct exchange applicants
  • And, be nominated by one’s home university.

Scholarship Amount

The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $10,000 US ($5,000 US per semester).  Further, the Foundation provides all Killam Fellows with an allowance of $500 US to offset health insurance costs. In addition, all Fellows are eligible to apply for a mobility grant in an amount not to exceed $800. 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 of the host country.  Approximately forty applicants will be awarded scholarships each year.

Application Process

UMaine students can apply to the direct exchange program or the open competition.

Direct Exchange

Students who apply to the Killam Direct Exchange program will pay tuition and fees to UMaine and accommodation expenses to the host university.  This is a less competitive process because only students from the participating American universities (see list above) can apply.

The direct exchange placements are limited to the participating Canadian university partners: Acadia University, Carleton University, Dalhousie University, McGill University, McMaster University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mount Allison University, Queen’s University, Université de Montréal,  Université Laval, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, University of Prince Edward Island, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, Western University and York University.

UMaine can nominate up to three students for the direct exchange competition per year.

Open Competition

Applicants to the open competition may be students currently enrolled at any degree granting institution in the United States (including the participating universities) and be applying to any degree granting institution (including the participating colleges and universities) in Canada. UMaine can nominate any number of students for the open competition. This is a more competitive process since it is open to students from the whole country.


The UMaine on-campus deadline for this program is  January 10 for the following academic year (for example, January 10, 2023 for either fall 2023 or spring 2024). All application materials must be submitted to the Killam coordinator in the Canadian-American Center.

Dates and Deadlines


Students are co-advised by staff in the Office of International Programs and the Canadian-American Center.

  • The Education Abroad Advisor works with students to complete the general UMaine study abroad process.
  • The Education Outreach Coordinator in the Canadian-American Center assists students with completing the Killam application, providing the UMaine nomination letter and mailing the application packet. (Position is currently re-hiring.)