International Research Roundtables

This program is currently not accepting new applications.

International Research Roundtables are aimed at fostering excellence in research, and serving as a catalyst for collaborative research between international scholars and UBC scholars. They will provide scholars, community leaders, artists, policy makers and others the opportunity to explore a theme, create the foundation for innovative research, prompt important advances in science and society, and/or have a significant impact on the discovery of solutions to important problems.

Trying to plan an International Research Roundtable application? Apply for a Theme Development Workshop (temporarily suspended)

Want to hold your meeting in another part of the world? Apply for a Wall Colloquia Abroad (temporarily suspended)

  • Canadian and international scholars are eligible to apply; however, one principal investigator must be a UBC faculty member who will be responsible for administering the award.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that aim to advance research knowledge in relation to pandemics and their broader societal implications.
  • The Research Roundtable must offer a unique opportunity for collaboration among scholars of diverse disciplines, and draw on knowledge and evidence from multiple perspectives.
  • Roundtables must propose specific outcomes with expected timelines for completion.
  • Outcomes may include new opportunities for collaborative research and joint publications for submission to academic journals.
  • Other outcomes can include digital forms of communications, such as videos and online seminars, aimed at engaging decision makers at different levels of government.


  • International Research Roundtables will bring together interdisciplinary scholars, and non-academic participants to encourage new perspectives, and draw on knowledge and evidence from multiple disciplines to generate policy recommendations, and potential opportunities for future research activity.
  • Roundtables can afford opportunities for UBC graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to participate.
  • Principal investigators are required to submit a summary report on how objectives and outcomes were achieved.  
  • Publications must acknowledge the support of the Peter Wall Institute, and will be posted on the Institute's web site prior to being submitted to an academic journal.
  • International Research Roundtables  (Suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • April 2020:  The Institute will support Virtual Roundtables using online meeting formats to minimize travel and aviation-related carbon emissions. 
  • Awards up to $10,000 available.
  • Virtual Roundtables should aim for rapid response research outcomes.
  • Award funds may be used to cover: virtual meeting technology and setup; Roundtable coordinator stipend; communications support to engage media and decision makers; honoraria for non-academic participants; undergraduate and graduate student participation. 
  • Digital forms of knowledge mobilization to engage relevant audiences (e.g., hosting virtual townhall or webinar, video production) are also eligible.
  • Submission of three (3) page application.  See guidelines.
  • We are aiming for a rapid review on submitted applications. 
  • Once an award is confirmed, we will require a completed Research Project Information Form (RPIF), which can be downloaded on the UBC Office of Research Services website.


The application for 2021 Virtual Roundtables is now closed. Please subscribe to our monthly newsletter for information on future program calls.


For further information, please contact: Bernadette Mah, Program Manager, at: