International Visiting Research Scholars

This program is under review. We are not accepting new applications at this time.

The International Visiting Research Scholars program is offered to outstanding international scholars who wish come to UBC for an extended period, in order to foster interdisciplinary academic exchange and to promote research collaborations with UBC faculty.

We invite applications from scholars who have achieved recognition in their research fields, and whose work has had a broad impact across disciplinary boundaries. Visiting scholars also have opportunities to interact with the Wall Scholars in residence during their time at the Institute.

Visiting scholars are required to spend a minimum of three weeks at UBC during the academic term from September – May.  Longer term visits are preferred.

UBC Host Faculty – All visiting scholars must be nominated and hosted by at least two faculty members from different departments.

  • The Institute provides up to $15,000 to support the visiting scholar’s travel, accommodation and other expenses
  • Funds will be awarded to a UBC faculty nominator, and administered by the designated host department.

Applicants must be affiliated with an academic institution and are required to hold a faculty position at any rank (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor).

Visiting scholar awards are open to scholars from all countries. Up to 2 awards will be open to scholars from Canadian institutions.

Visiting scholars must commit to a visit of three (3) weeks minimum in part-time residence at the Institute, during the period of September to May.  Preference will be given to longer term visits.

Applications must be supported by at least two (2) UBC faculty members from different departments.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Research Expertise
  • Quality and Interdisciplinarity of Research Proposal
  • Potential for Public Engagement
  • Potential for Catalytic Interactions with UBC scholars

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence, and the Institute is committed to promoting these values in its programs. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

The application window for the International Visiting Research Scholars Program is currently closed.

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For further information, please contact: Program Manager, at: internationalprograms(at)