FAQ

Below are frequently asked questions from students applying to PSI. Please feel free to contact PSI if you have any other questions. 

IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?
There is no application fee.

WILL I GET SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING?
Successful PSI applicants may receive funding as described in the Financial Support section. Applicants are also encouraged to seek out and apply for externally-available scholarships.

WHEN ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?
There are two deadlines:

  • Deadline for early consideration - November 15th, 2020 at 11:59 EST
  • Deadline for final consideration - February 1st, 2021 at 11:59 EST

WHY ARE THERE TWO DEADLINES?
Having two deadlines allows for us to accommodate consistently with graduate schools internationally. Those who do meet program requirements from the early deadline will be moved into the final selection stage in February. There may be a few offers made in November to exceptional applicants.

WHICH DEADLINE SHOULD I APPLY FOR?

Applications to either deadline will be considered equally. We encourage applicants who have all of their information in order to submit to the early deadline. Those applicants who think that their information will change significantly by February 1 should wait for that deadline.

WILL APPLICATIONS BE CONSIDERED AFTER THE FINAL DEADLINE?
We cannot guarantee consideration of late applications. However, we accept late submission of English language proficiency exam scores (such as the TOEFL or the IELTS) if not available before the submission deadline.

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE PSI PROGRAM?
We are unable to tell you via email what your chances are of being accepted into the PSI program. Each year, we receive several hundred applications for approximately 30 available positions.

WHAT COURSES SHOULD I HAVE FOR PSI?
Students should have taken the following courses:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Physics

Through these courses students should have a good understanding of Special Relativity.

WHAT WILL I NEED FOR MY PSI APPLICATION?
Below is a list of mandatory items to be uploaded with your application. 

  • Official or Unofficial Post-Secondary Transcript(s)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose
  • A minimum of three referee names and email address

Optional items that you may also include with your application: List of Publications; Additional Materials, GRE Score Result, and TOEFL/IETS Score Result.

Please see below for details on these items.

HOW MANY REFEREES CAN I LIST?
Applications must include at least three referee names and email addresses, with space available for an optional fourth referee.

HOW DO MY REFEREES SUBMIT THEIR REFERENCE LETTERS?
Upon completion of the online application, the application system will automatically contact your referees with details on how to submit their reference letters. Referees will NOT be able to access your application or view your private information.

WHAT ARE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRANCE TO PSI?
The University of Waterloo requires an English language proficiency (ELP) exam (such as the TOEFL or the IELTS) unless you have attended one of the international universities on the University of Waterloo's ELP exemption list. For accepted ELP examinations and required minimum scores, please visit the University of Waterloo's Graduate Studies Academic Calendar. If your exam scores are below the listed minimum requirements, your application will still be considered and, if accepted, you will be required to take an English language course. 
NOTE: the Cambridge English Certificate is NOT accepted as replacement for the TOEFL/IELTS test.

DO I REQUIRE GRE RESULTS FOR ADMISSION TO PSI?
Although the Physics GRE is not required for applying to PSI, we will take your GRE score into consideration if you submit it with your application.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO MAIL IN HARD COPY FORM?
Previously, we asked students to mail in hard copies of final transcripts and exam scores however we will only ask for this information upon making an offer to the student. Do not email hardcopies of your academic transcripts. We will not view them unless they have been requested. 

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
The program will run for approximately ten months, however, students are enrolled at the University of Waterloo up until the end of August.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF MSc PROGRAM?
Perimeter Institute will be unable to provide any documentation regarding the successful completion of the program. Any official notification must come from the University of Waterloo and this will only be available around the end of August.

WHAT WILL BE OR HAS BEEN THE IMPACT OF COVID-19?
We are taking direction from Public Health and will continue to update our website with any changes.