UBC Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship (KARF)

Program Link: https://prizes.research.ubc.ca/awards/killam-accelerator-research-fellowships

Sponsor:  Offices of the VP Research & Innovation and Provost

Value: $50,000 research allowance and conditional $60,000 course release to home units.

Description: UBC’s Offices of the VP Research & Innovation and Provost have jointly launched a call for nominations for the 2022 Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships. The UBC deadline is November 15, 2022. Funded through the Killam Trusts, the program is designed to recognize exceptional early-career scholars who have the potential for significant impact in their field of scholarship and are ready to launch the next stage of their career. The fellowships will support early-career scholars in their most productive years after tenure is achieved. The award is for a two-year term and offers a $50,000 research allowance. In addition, up to $60,000 will be provided to the candidate’s home unit for course release over the term of the award, depending on whether the awardee has an existing chair or other awards with release time provisions. Applicants may wish to discuss this issue with their unit leader prior to applying.

The KARF program is open to all fields of research and the University expects to award 6 fellowships in total, across all disciplines, and across both campuses. To be eligible, nominees must be full-time, recently-tenured faculty (generally defined as within 3-4 years past tenure) at UBC, who are no more than 15 years post-PhD at the time of nomination. The University is encouraging departments, divisions, institutes, schools, and faculties to consider a greater inclusion of equity and diversity in their internal selection strategies of nominees. Please be sure to review the full eligibility and nomination requirements here.

A list of last year’s successful fellows may be found here.

Nominations for the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship must be selected and approved by the Faculty, after adjudication by a committee struck by the Associate Dean, Research. Nominations are then uploaded on behalf of the nominee by the Dean’s Office. Large faculties such as Education have a limit of two nominations (including, in our case, candidates from the Okanagan School of Education). Accordingly, the Faculty has developed a process to identify nominees:



September 6Potential nominees must inform their Department Head or School Director of their interest in being nominated.

September 13: Nominees email Robert Olaj in ORE, with a copy to their Department Head or School Director, the following documents:


The Nominee’s CV (UBC CV format)

Research Statement

A maximum 2,400-word statement, written for a multidisciplinary audience, summarizing the nominee’s most significant research accomplishments and the research to be pursued during the two-year term. Recommended sections for the document include:

Most Significant Contributions

    • An overview of career research accomplishments stated in language that can be understood by a multidisciplinary adjudication committee

Research Description

    • Clearly demonstrate how the Fellowship award will enable impact over-and-above what the nominee may otherwise achieve with funding they currently hold, and emphasize the impact of the nominee’s work on their field of scholarship.
    • Clearly describe the research to be undertaken during the two- year term of the fellowship and demonstrate its novelty, significance and impact.
    • Include clearly defined objectives, methods, outcomes and a timeline.

Research Impact Statement

    • Maximum 1 page.
    • Describe the impacts of the research in a way that is accessible to a multidisciplinary committee.
    • Impacts are understood broadly, extending beyond traditional academic impacts, to include intended and unintended, and direct and indirect impacts on society, culture, health, community, the environment, economy, governance, training and education, and innovation as well as contributions to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion and decolonization.

Referee Information

Provide the names, affiliations, and contact information for 3-4 arm’s length referees who may be called upon to write support letters for selected internal candidates. Please refer to the KARF guidelines for specific referee requirements.


September 21-22: Following our internal adjudication process, successful nominees will be informed by ORE of the outcome of the review of candidates. Selected internal nominees will them work with ORE to develop the full nomination package for the November 15 UBC deadline.


Internal Faculty of Education deadline to email nomination materials to the Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education

Nomination dossiers to be submitted by respective Dean’s offices