Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Visiting Research Scholar Program

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, seeks to attract exceptional international scholars to its visiting scholar residency program.

International Visiting Research Scholars (IVRS) are expected to spend a minimum of three weeks in residence at UBC, with at least part-time residence at the PWIAS.  IVRS visits may be conducted anytime during the academic term from September 2018 – May 2019. Up to 10 IVRS awards at $15,000 are available each year.

The Institute’s goal is to bring the best scholars in the world to UBC and PWIAS for an extended stay, during which they can foster academic exchange across disciplines, and help catalyze new research directions among groups of collaborating UBC faculty members and international partners.

The Institute seeks world-renowned 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. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated their commitment to working across disciplinary boundaries.

Award funds may be used for travel, accommodation and other expenses. All nominations must be supported by at least two UBC faculty members from different departments. Award funds will be administered by the UBC host department.

Evaluation Criteria for IVRS

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

Nomination Requirements and Selection Process

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. 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 2018 to May 2019.
  • 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 public lecture; and the nominee’s curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages). Nominations must include a completed and signed copy of the UBC Research Project Information Form.

Terms of the Award

  • Award funds may be used for visits during the academic term starting September 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Application deadline is March 1, 2018. The International Adjudication Committee expects to make its decision by May 2018.

Nomination Package

  • Completed nomination form
  • Curriculum Vitae for nominee (short CV form – maximum 5 pages)
  • Completed UBC Research Project Information Form (RPIF)
Application date
1 Mar 2018
3 weeks minimum
America Canada
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
CAD$ 15.000