Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program

Perimeter Institute invites 20 exceptional undergraduate students to join its research community for a fully funded two-week summer program. From this group, 10 students will be selected to continue in a paid research internship. Students will learn research tools and collaboration skills while immersed in the multi-disciplinary environment of the world's largest independent theoretical physics research centre. 


Perimeter Institute's Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program provides students entering the final year of their undergraduate program the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research at a world-leading theoretical physics institute.

This program consists of two parts:

  1. Two-week Summer School (fully-funded): Twenty successful applicants will spend two weeks immersed in Perimeter's dynamic research environment -- attending courses on cutting-edge topics in physics, learning new techniques to solve interesting problems, working on group research projects, and potentially even publishing their work. A more detailed schedule will be posted once it is available.
  2. Research Internship: Applicants may also apply for an optional paid summer research internship. Accepted students will work on projects alongside Perimeter researchers. Students will have the rare opportunity to develop their research skills and absorb the rich variety of talks, conferences, and events at Perimeter Institute. The list of projects will be posted once it is available. 

Applicants can apply for the two-week summer school or for both the summer school and the research internship. Ten students will be selected to continue for the paid research internships. Only students attending the summer school will be considered for the research internships.


Two-week summer school: May 27 to June 7, 2019. Selected students will continue on with the research internship portion of the program.

Applications open: October 17, 2018

Applications deadline: January 7, 2019


We are accepting excellent students with a demonstrated interest in the program and are entering the final year of their undergraduate program (for special exceptions, please contact Lenka Bojdova at lbojdova[at]perimeterinstitute.ca).

Documents to be submitted with the online application:

  • Transcripts (If transcripts are in a language other than English, a certified English translation is required too)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Note: all letters of reference must be on letterhead and must be signed by the referee)
  • Statement of interest (limited to one page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • TOEFL/IELTS score, or other (required if the language of instruction at your university is not English). If not available, an interview may be set up to test English proficiency.

Online applications can be submitted beginning October 17, 2018.


The two-week summer school is fully funded. Successful candidates will be provided with workspace, accommodations, and weekday meals (per diem are provided for weekends). Perimeter Institute will also cover economy travel expenses between the applicant's home institutions and Toronto Pearson Airport. Ground transportation from Toronto Pearson Airport to Perimeter Institute will be provided.

Students staying for the research internship will be paid through a Research Award.

The two-week summer school is fully funded to ensure that a diverse group of top students, both in background and nationality and without regard for financial means, may attend. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I submit letters of recommendation?

Upon completion of the online application, the system will automatically contact your referees with details on how to submit their reference letters.

What kind of visa do I need?

You need a visitor visa and/or eTA. You are only coming here to visit.

Are there any fees to apply?


Do I have to pay a fee to attend the program?

No, the two-week summer school is fully funded.


Please contact Lenka Bojdova at lbojdova[at]perimeterinstitute.ca with inquiries regarding the program.