Application Process

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies is committed to the promotion of cross-cultural exchanges between those working on law and policy in Asia, and to this end, has instituted a Visiting Scholars program. We accept legal professionals of all kinds - judges, academics, prosecutors and practicing lawyers as Visiting Scholars. The period of stay in Vancouver generally ranges from six months to a year. We have a strong preference for our visitors to come during the academic year (September-April).  Visiting Scholars are usually offered a shared study space, a library card, access to classes in the faculty (space permitting), and also to the university's academic, cultural, and sports facilities. Visiting Scholars will work independently under the mentorship of a faculty sponsor and are strongly encouraged to produce papers or articles for publication during their time at the Centre.

The Centre welcomes applications from anyone working on Asian legal issues. In common with other institutes at UBC and other universities, the Centre levies a program fee to cover the expenses of administering the Visiting Scholars program. Effective May 15, 2015, this program fee is $300 CAD per month. All income from this fee will be used to support the work of the Centre. We are not in a position to offer a stipend to our Visiting Scholars, nor to waive these program fees.

Your application must include:

  • A completed APPLICATION FORM (click here to download) - please have the approval of your faculty sponsor before you apply (click here for a list)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A detailed research plan
  • An employment verification letter
  • A copy of the photo page of your valid passport
  • Copy of email from UBC Law faculty member confirming their willingness to act as sponsor

It is recommended that applications be submitted one year in advance of the Visiting Scholar's anticipated arrival.

Please email all applications to: or mail to:

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies
Peter A. Allard School of Law
1822 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1

For inquiries, please email: