Wall Scholars

The Wall Scholars Program offers scholars from all disciplines and career stages a year-long residence at the Institute to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary research that challenges and expands their ways of thinking.

This transformational opportunity provides scholars with the space and time to freely explore, while supporting intellectual risk-taking and fostering deep and long-lasting connections between scholars who may not have met anywhere else.

The program is an ideal place for scholars who seek to take time away from their regular activities to explore new ways of thinking and build new connections with scholars outside of their field. We encourage applications from all disciplines, including but not limited to: Medicine, Science and Engineering, and the Performing Arts.

The Wall Scholars Program residency runs August to July each year.

The Institute provides office space and funds that can be used to enable scholars to dedicate their time to Institute activities while in residence at the PWIAS. The award funds can be used for teaching and administrative release from the scholar’s home institution, relocation expenses, or for other purposes as approved by the Institute. On the application form, please provide an estimate of funds required, and a brief description for how these funds would be used if your application is successful.

Applicants must be affiliated with an academic institution and must be able to commit spending a significant part of their time as resident scholars at the Institute.  Applicants are required to hold a faculty position at any rank (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor).

Individual Scholar Criteria

  • Interest and/or experience with interdisciplinary research.
  • Quality, innovation and interdisciplinarity of Wall Scholar activities proposal.
  • Demonstrated leadership and expertise in the scholar’s research area.
  • The selection process also considers how the applicant’s profile and proposal fit with the other research activities and fellows at PWIAS.

Cohort Composition Criteria

  • A diversity of experience, knowledge and methodology.
  • A range of disciplines across the Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Performing Arts.
  • Different career stages including, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors.
  • Potential for synergies and interactions between applicants.
  • Ability of cohort to interact constructively through conversation and intellectually challenge each other.

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 Wall Scholars Program is currently closed.

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For more information, please contact the Program Manager: NationalPrograms (at) pwias.ubc.ca.