International Visiting Research Scholars

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies is offering international visiting research scholar awards of $10,000 or $50,000 to bring some of the world’s best scholars to UBC.

Exceptional scholars who have achieved the highest levels of distinction in their fields, and whose work has had a broad impact well beyond any one discipline are invited to spend time at UBC and the Peter Wall Institute.  Ideal candidates will have demonstrated their commitment to working across disciplinary boundaries. Distinguished Visiting Professor nominees in particular will have demonstrated experience in engaging large public audiences in discussions of big-picture ideas.

The Institute will partner with UBC faculties, departments and research centres to attract outstanding scholars to UBC for an extended stay, providing opportunities to foster interdisciplinary academic exchange and catalyze new research directions between UBC and international scholars.

International Visiting Research Scholars (IVRS) will spend a minimum of 3 weeks at UBC, with part-time residence at the Institute, during the academic term from September 2017 - May 2018.

Distinguished Visiting Professors (DVP) will spend a minimum of one academic term (4 months) in full time residence at the Institute. Visits may commence in September 2018.

*NEW January 2017* All visiting scholars must be hosted by at least two UBC faculty members from different departments.  Please note that the application form for IVRS and DVP candidates has been revised.  Go to the Application tab below.

See more information on the Distinguished Visiting Professor award.

  • To bring outstanding international scholars to UBC for extended visits, in partnership with UBC’s faculties, departments and research centres.
  • To foster basic and advanced research in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • To serve as a catalyst for longer-term interdisciplinary research relationships through the Institute.

Research Excellence

  • Top-tier international standing and contribution of the nominee to her/his field of research, as assessed by scholarly contributions and major recognitions
  • Demonstrated capacity to shape the direction of research and thought


Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Importance of the nominee’s work beyond domain-specific impact, as judged by the breadth of her/his scholarship across multiple disciplines
  • Track record of engagement across disciplines


Broad Public Engagement

  • Demonstrated ability to engage non-specialist audiences in discussion of big ideas 


Quality of Proposed Research and Potential for Catalysis

  • Quality of proposal for research and other activities while in residence at the Institute
  • Ability for the proposed research to catalyze significant and wide-ranging scholarly discussions and transformative intellectual engagement

UBC faculty wishing to nominate an individual for the visiting scholar awards should note the following requirements and complete the Nomination Form.  Successful candidates will be selected by the Institute’s International Adjudication Committee.

UBC faculty should contact individual nominees to discuss their interest in being nominated as International Visiting Research Scholar or Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute.  Nominators must make it clear that these initial expressions of interest do not constitute a guarantee that an offer will be made.

  • These visiting scholar awards are open to scholars from all countries.
  • IVRS nominees must commit to a visit of three (3) weeks minimum in part-time residence at the Institute, during the period of September 2017 to May 2018.
  • DVP nominees must be willing to commit to four (4) months minimum in full-time residence at the Institute, beginning September 2018.
  • Nominations must be submitted on the attached form, and supported by at least two (2) UBC faculty members from different departments.
  • Each nomination will include: a statement of interest and description of proposed research activities; a summary of significant scholarly contributions and international awards and distinctions; a description of how the scholar proposes to engage with the PWIAS and broader UBC community; a proposed title/ subject area for a Wall Exchange lecture and/or other major public event; and the nominee’s curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages).  Nominations must include a completed and signed copy of the UBC Research Project Information Form.
  • Award funds may be used for visits starting September 2017 (IVRS) or September 2018 (DVP).
  • Award funds may be used for research support, travel, accommodation, or paid as a salary stipend.
  • Funds will be awarded to one of the UBC faculty nominators, and administered by the designated host department.
  • Distinguished Visiting Professors will have a private office at the Peter Wall Institute, and will be expected to use this as their primary work space at UBC.
  • International Visiting Research Scholars will have a shared office space at the Institute, and are expected to make regular use of this office during their stay.

Visiting scholars will be expected to participate in the Institute’s Wall Scholars program during their residency, including attending weekly lunches and afternoon/evening events every two weeks.

*NEW January 2017*  The application form has been revised.   Please use this form for both IVRS and DVP nominations.  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017 at 4 pm PST. If an application deadline falls on a weekend, hardcopy materials are due the next business day. Please contact: the Program Manager, at: internationalprograms@pwias.ubc.ca if you have any questions.

Download the application.

Note: Applications must be accompanied by a completed Research Project Information Form (RPIF).  ORS Signature Contacts are available at various locations and faculties to provide the institutional signature.  Contact ORS.