Peter Wall Institute for advanced studies

In 1991, Peter Wall donated 6.5 million shares in Wall Financial Corporation to establish the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies with a clear goal to “generate ideas, research and initiatives that wouldn’t otherwise happen." Originally valued at $15 million, It is the largest private donation in UBC’s history.

Bringing together scholars from all over the world

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) provides opportunities for world-class scholars to explore innovative research questions in a vibrant, collegial milieu spanning all disciplines. Our programs draw 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.

We seek highly innovative, creative and unexpected research outcomes that come from a wide-ranging exploration between disciplines, including the creative and performing arts. We engage in primary research, and also in community outreach and knowledge mobilization through public programs and collaboration with non-academic community partners around the globe.

The activities of the Institute also contribute to the cultural enrichment of UBC and the wider community through regular lecture series and artistic events. Since its founding in 1996, the Institute has created a community of scholars at UBC and beyond, including partner institutions.


The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies is committed foremost to excellence in research; its goal is to stimulate collaborative, creative, and innovative interdisciplinary research that makes important advances in knowledge.


To create collaborative, interdisciplinary, basic research programs for scholars at all stages of their career.

Awards and Scholarships

Left to right: Dr. Raphael Amit, Mr. Peter Wall and Dr. Michael Smith. Dr. Smith and Dr. Amit were the first Distinguished Wall Professors.


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

“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.”

George Bellveau


Contact Information

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia,
University Centre, 6331 Crescent Road
VancouverBC V6T 1Z2 Canada

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