The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies brings together scholars from UBC and around the world to engage in deep and unconstrained research into some of the most profound questions and challenges facing humanity. The Institute facilitates collaboration between scholars of diverse backgrounds and seeks to create cohorts and communities of scholarship that stretch across both time and geographies.
George Belliveau2016 Wall Scholar Ph.D., Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
“My experience at PWIAS has led to a greater sense of community that reaches across the university, giving me a better understanding and appreciation for what colleagues do in different departments and faculties. I relate to UBC and the school’s scholarship better because of my intimate involvement at PWIAS.”
The Wall Scholars Program has been a cornerstone of the Institute since 2014. Every cohort sees a unique combination of individuals, disciplines and interests come together to create a transformative experience for everyone involved. Scholars form long-lasting relationships and collaborations continue long after their year-long stay has concluded.
As part of the 2022 Wall Scholars Catalyst program, these 12 UBC scholars will come together to build connections, cultivate relationships and initiate collaborations that engage with the urgency, scale and complexity of the Climate and Nature Emergency.
The 2020 Wall Scholars cohort of 10 scholars focused on the appropriate theme of Crisis. The group’s residency took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, but despite the challenges of social distancing protocols and Zoom meetings they found innovative ways to collaborate.
International Visiting Research Scholars hosted since 2005
Wall Scholars since the program launched in 2014
People reached through our Wall Exchange Public Speaker Series since 2011
Since its founding in 1996, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has created a community of scholars at UBC and beyond. The Institute seeks to encourage highly innovative, creative and unexpected scholarship through wide-ranging explorations between disciplines, including the creative and performing arts.