International Summer School for Young Physicists

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The ISSYP is an exciting and challenging two-week program for Canadian and international high school students who have a keen interest in theoretical physics and intend to pursue physics studies at the university level. 

Applications for ISSYP 2018 are now closed. The list of successful candidates is available here. All successful applicants will receive an email with a full acceptance package.

December 2017 Applications available online
March 29, 2018 Application deadline
May 1, 2018 Successful applicants notified and list published online
May 25, 2018 Acceptance and permission forms submitted
July 15 - 28, 2018 ISSYP in session


The program super-charges potential "Einsteins" and "Curies" with:

  • Presentations by Perimeter Institute researchers on cutting edge theoretical physics: hot topics such as superstring theory, quantum computing and dark matter.
  • Opportunities to work with leading international theoretical physicists in small group mentoring sessions.
  • Mini-courses on modern physics designed to deepen their insights into Einstein's ideas and the quantum nature of our universe.
  • Hands-on labs, tours of neighbouring research facilities, and other exciting activities with like-minded students from around the globe.
  • Awareness of their own potential as potential future researchers in theoretical physics.

As the summer school will be conducted in English, applicants are expected to be fluent at speaking and writing in this language.

Students are welcome to apply if they:

  • have a passion for and strong ability in physics and mathematics as reflected in high school course grades and extracurricular activities.
  • are currently in the final two years of secondary school (for Canadian students, this means Grades 11 or 12 high school or first year CEGEP) and have not yet begun full-time studies at a post-secondary institution.*
  • intend to pursue studies in physics at the university level in the future.

*The recommended age for this program is 16 - 18 years of age at the time of the program. However, students who fall outside of this age range may still apply and will be considered.

Applications for ISSYP 2018 are now closed.

Information regarding ISSYP 2019 will be available online by December 30, 2018. 

Applications for ISSYP 2018 are now closed.

Information regarding ISSYP 2019 will be available online by December 30, 2018.