Summer Program


2020 update: We are no longer running this program. Please check back for updates. 

Perimeter Institute invites exceptional students to join its research community for the fully funded Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program. 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, and working on group research projects. There is also opportunity for applicants to be considered for one of ten paid summer research internship. Interns will work on projects alongside Perimeter researchers where they will learn research tools, develop collaboration skills, and potentially even publish their work, all while immersed in the multi-disciplinary environment of the world's largest independent theoretical physics research centre.

Applications are now closed for 2020 program.

Sign-up to receive an alert for the 2021 online application. We will send you an email when the application is open in October 2020. *Unapplicable for this year.

We accept excellent students with a demonstrated interest in the program, who are entering the final year of their undergraduate program in Fall 2020 (special exceptions allowed).

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.

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.

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

Perimeter Institute is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2 persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Below are a list of mandatory items to be uploaded with your application.

  • Official Post-Secondary Transcript(s)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A one-page Statement of Interest
  • A minimum of three referee names and email address
  • Optional items that you may also include with your application: Additional Materials and TOEFL/IETS Score Result.

Important Dates for 2020 Program

  • January 6, 2020 - Application deadline
  • January 20, 2020 - By this date, all applicants will have received an email on their application status (for summer school acceptance and internship offers)
  • May 25 to June 5, 2020 - Two-week summer school program in session

Applications are now closed for 2020 program

Applications will be open in October 2020. Sign-up to receive an alert.

Questions should be directed to Diana Goncalves