Call for Applications: Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships

Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships

History Department

University of British Columbia

The UBC History Department invites applications for the Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

The Killam postdoctoral fellowships support two years of postdoctoral research and residency in host departments at the University of British Columbia. The History Department can nominate one candidate each year to enter the university-wide competition. Applications are judged on the basis of their demonstrated excellence in scholarly work and independent research and their potential for making substantial contributions to their field of endeavour. The adjudication committee will also consider the qualities of the research project (e.g., clarity, feasibility, suitability of location, proposed supervisor, and facilities); the strengths of the letters of reference; and the fit of the proposed research to the host department or unit.

The fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of CAD $50,000 per annum and a maximum travel and research allowance of CAD $4,000 for the tenure of the award. The number of awards across the university varies between three and five per year. Fellowships starting in the 2018-2019 cycle may not begin earlier than 1 May 2019 and no later than 2 January 2020. Most fellowships commence between May and October.

Please note that applicants must have obtained a PhD no more than 24 months prior to the anticipated fellowship start date and must not have pursued PhD-level studies at any campus of the University of British Columbia.

For the Killam-specific application form, format requirements, submission guidelines, and more information about eligibility, please visit

Applications are due to the History Department by October 15st, 2018 


The applicant should include (for detailed requirements, see the link, above):

  1. A signed application form (you must complete the form provided by the competition and your signature must be original. If you submit your application by e-mail you must scan your original signature; an electronic signature is not acceptable.)
  2. The research proposal (maximum of two pages)
  3. Ancillary materials, if applicable. The History Dept. encourages applicants to include a short published or unpublished writing sample for the department’s consideration
  4. A personal statement (maximum of one page)
  5. A one page document explaining any special circumstances related to the application (if applicable)
  6. A PDF version of a curriculum vitae from the CCV website:
  7. To be considered, you must secure a faculty sponsor within the History Department. Your departmental sponsor can deliver her/his letter directly to Kathryn Vit, Administrative Assistant, Killam Postdoc Fellowship Competition. Normally, we do not require this letter until after our departmental nominee has been selected.
  8. Three signed letters of reference (letters must bear the original signature of the authors; they can be scanned and emailed to Kathryn Vit at as an attachment or faxed to 604-822-6658 confidentially by the authors. Please communicate this requirement to your referees)
  9. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts, degree confirmations, and English translations, if transcripts are in languages other than English or French.  Unofficial electronic transcripts and translations will be accepted for the competition only. Should you be successful in obtaining a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, we will then require official transcripts in envelopes sealed by the issuing institutions, or certified electronic transcripts, with official translations as necessary.
  10. Confirmation of PhD enrollment and progress (if the applicant has not completed his/her PhD)
  11. A checklist included with the application so we may verify the contents of the application package

Please address applications and supporting materials to:

Kathryn Vit, Administrative Assistant, Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition
History Department, University of British Columbia
Room 1297, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.   V6T 1Z1  CANADA
Fax: 604-822-6658


Please address questions to Dr. Eagle Glassheim (, Chair of Killam Postdoctoral Competition 

Submission Deadline

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 16:00