Funding the Best and the Brightest – A Look at Fulbright Canada Programs


The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States aims to increase mutual understanding between Canada and the United States through research exchange.

So why should you, as a student, consider studying in the United States, and more importantly, how can you achieve this?

Studying in the United States will give you a cultural experience to which you may not otherwise be exposed. You will also have the opportunity to conduct research and learn from top researchers and professors in your host institution. Fulbright Canada promotes bi-national collaborative research and thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States, and the relationship between the two countries. We have opportunities available to undergraduate as well as graduate students.

The Killam Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada to spend one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States. Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student or as a self-placed visiting student. Canadian applicants interested in the direct exchange program must be registered at one of the participating Canadian universities, and be planning to visit one of the participating American universities. Self-placed students can come from any Canadian university and go to any US university; however, you may pay higher tuition than direct exchange students.

The Killam Fellowship Program provides a cash award of US$5,000 per semester (US$10,000 for the full academic year); health insurance allowance of US$500; a three-day orientation in Ottawa; and a three-day spring seminar in Washington, D.C. In addition, all Killam Fellows are also eligible to apply for an in-country mobility grant in an amount not to exceed US$800. This grant allows students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the opportunity to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the culture of the United States. For more information and deadlines, please consult the website at

The Canada-US Fulbright Award for Students provides opportunities for outstanding Canadian prospective graduate students, PhD students, and junior professionals to study and/or conduct research in the United States. The Traditional Fulbright Student Award offers US$15,000 for one nine-month academic year. These all-discipline awards can be taken up at any college, university, think tank, or government agency in the United States.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program provides a unique opportunity to Canadian Francophone students and teachers, aged 21 to 29, who want to teach and study in the United States. For education students who are looking for their next career step and an adventure, this could be the program for you! Your host university will provide room and board, and Fulbright will provide a modest stipend. Ideal candidates will have had experience teaching in both English and French.

Although all the competitions are officially field-open, we are especially keen to support students in humanities, communications and culture, Canadian-American relations, contemporary public policy, cultural studies, environment, law, indigenous issues, and pure and applied sciences. If you want to enrich your education, live a new cultural experience, and join an amazing network, Fulbright Canada may offer the perfect study abroad opportunity for you.

Robert Godfrey, Canadian Killam Fellow 2013-2014

“The Killam Fellowships Program is more than a regular exchange. Yes, it afforded me a chance to travel, take courses that were not offered at my home institution, and to experience a different academic system, but it also opened me up to a network of talented, thoughtful, and ambitious young people. Moreover, my time in the US has encouraged me to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian and lent some perspective on perceptions of our country in the USA (rather positively I’m pleased to report). Above all, what I have appreciated the most are the friendships I have made, which are the real and enduring legacy of my time abroad.”

Gavin Armstrong, Canadian Fulbright Student 2013-2014

“The longest-lasting impact of the Fulbright Program on me personally is the personal relationships that I have developed with business leaders, politicians and members of the state bureaucracy, and faculty staff and students at Auburn University. I have established friends and mentors who will undoubtedly remain close advisors and confidantes over the years as I seek advice and support in the development of my own career. In doing so, I learned that hospitality is a hallmark of ‘The South,’ and had the opportunity to visit some spectacular countryside in the state of Alabama.”

Elizabeth-Joy Taylor, Canadian Killam Fellow 2013-2014

“The Fall Orientation session was a great opportunity to meet the people who make the Killam Fellowships Program possible. I really enjoyed being able to meet the Fulbright scholars and learn about their research, as well as the other Killam Fellows. One of the most valuable parts of the Fall Orientation for me was being able to see the diversity of academia which I do not always get to experience in my own field. I appreciated being able to converse with those people and learn about the work they are doing. The Fall Orientation also inspired me to see my own potential. As a Killam Fellow I saw the potential for myself within the program.”

Contributed by:

Michèle Phillips, Program Officer for External Relations,
Fulbright Canada

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