University of Hawai?i at Manoa

05/04/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/04/2017 15:06

College of Social Sciences joins the prestigious Killam Fellowships Program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


From left, Denise Konan, Michael Hawes, Brandon Lee, David Lassner, Roseanne Runte and Christopher Kirkey.
Killam Fellows on campus at a participating Canadian university.
Canada's McGill University is part of the Killam Fellowships Program.
Queen's University in Canada is also part of the Killam Fellowships Program.


The College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa has announced that, in partnership with Fulbright Canada, it will be joining the prestigious Killam Fellowships Program. The program offers undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States the opportunity to spend a semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country.

'Three years ago, Fulbright Canada embarked on a partnership with the College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa. There were many reasons why we sought to establish this collaboration, but the primary reason was the college's vision of a global college. The college not only provides Hawai'i students with dynamic multicultural experiences, it also welcomes others to the state and offers them insight into the vibrant intellectual and cultural environment of the islands,' said Michael K. Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada. 'We are thrilled to explore new academic opportunities with the College of Social Sciences and believe that the Killam Fellowships Program continues to build on a vision of a global community that is shared by both Fulbright Canada and the college.'

The Killam Fellowships Program is designed to foster mutual understanding between Canada and the United States. Fellows selected for the program will receive $5,000 per semester to study abroad at one of 18 partner universities in Canada. They will also receive two all-expense paid 3-day trips: orientation in Ottawa, Canada, in the fall; and a spring seminar held in Washington, D.C. Fellows will also have the option to apply for an additional grant of up to $800 for educational and cultural travel in their host country.

'With this initiative, UH Mānoa becomes only the 14 U.S. university, and the first in Hawai'i, to partner with Fulbright Canada on the Killam Fellowships Program,' added Denise Eby Konan, dean of the College of Social Sciences. 'The fellowship is a unique undergraduate experience that offers our students, as well as Canadian students, the opportunity to gather together and discuss issues of strategic, global importance, while also learning about themselves and connecting with others.'

The UH Mānoa Killam Fellowship is open to full-time undergraduate students in good standing who are U.S. citizens. The application period begins September 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Administered by Fulbright Canada and supported by the American Killam Trusts and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Killam Fellowships Program participants include:

  • Participating Canadian universities: 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.
  • Participating U.S. universities: American University, Arizona State University, Bridgewater State College, Clemson University, Ithaca College, Miami Dade College, Smith College, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, University of Maine, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, and Wellesley College.

The Killam Fellowships Program serves as an enduring legacy to Constance Killam and Elizabeth Killam Rodgers, two women who were born in Yarmouth Nova Scotia, but spent the majority of their lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts. They were sisters of Canadian financier Sir Izaak Walton Killam, who, during the first half of the 20 century, was one of Canada's wealthiest men and greatest philanthropists. Like their brother, Elizabeth and Constance Killam were committed to the advancement of education and to the promotion of international understanding.

Undergraduate students seeking information about the Killam Fellowships Program may contact Dawn Nishida at (808) 956-0658 or [email protected]


  1. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Hall (1)
  2. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and Fulbright Canada officials (1)
  3. Killam Fellowships Students (1)
  4. Queens University (1)
  5. McGill University (1)



Denise Eby Konan, Dean, College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa (:10)

'We're thrilled about this because it adds to the dynamism of our classes right here in Hawai'i as well as sending our students out across the globe.'


Denise Eby Konan, Dean, College of Social Sciences at UH Mānoa (:15)

'We have a colloquium series that every year is bringing scholars from Canada, and the U.S. and other parts of the world together to talk about strategic issues of importance to our two nations and Hawaii's critical role in both of those things.'


Michael K. Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada (:22)

'We have a nice mix of students. It's field open so they could be phys ed students or they could be physics students. They could be poets or they could be economists. And the only thing that unites them is a desire to take their knowledge and their understanding and to share it with other people, and to host others in their communities.'


Michael K. Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada (:15)

'We now are in our 12 year and we have about 400 alumni, who are very close and very successful. And we are absolutely looking forward to making UH Mānoa and the College of Social Sciences an integral part of this program.'


The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious and highly regarded international academic exchange and public diplomacy program in the world. Today there are approximately 350,000 Fulbright alumni in more than 160 countries throughout the world. Fulbright Canada is dedicated to the enhancement of mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the United States by providing support to students, scholars, teachers, and independent researchers through a variety of programs which are open to individuals in all academic fields with the exception of medical training. These individuals conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the other country. In doing so, Fulbright Canada aims to grow intellectual capacity, increase productivity, and assist in the shaping of future leaders.

Marked by leadership, excellence and innovation, the College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa provides students with a culturally diverse experience that transforms them into bold, engaged global citizens who affect change, break down barriers, touch lives and succeed in a multi-cultural context. Its student-centered environment is dedicated to providing students with a vibrant academic climate that affords exciting, intense interaction among students and faculty as they address fundamental questions about human behavior. Featuring outstanding scholarship through internships, active and service learning approaches to teaching, and an international focus particularly in the Asia Pacific region, it prepares students to become leaders in public and private enterprises throughout Hawai'i and Asia.

(Full photo caption) UH Mānoa becomes the 14 U.S. university to partner with Fulbright Canada in the prestigious Killam Fellowships Program Pictured, from left, are Denise Konan, Dean, UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences; Michael Hawes, Fulbright Canada Executive Director; Consul General of Canada Brandon Lee; UH Manoa President David Lassner; Roseanne Runte, Bulbright Canada Board chair; and Christopher Kirkey of SUNY Plattsburgh, which is one of the current Killam partners.