How are admissions and funding handled?
Perimeter accepts about 25 exceptional students from a variety of nations each year. These students receive a scholarship that pays for expenses like tuition, meals, and lodging in addition to other necessities. See more information on the financial support page.
The PSI program begins in September and typically lasts 10 months, ending in June of the following year.
PSI consists of two phases of coursework and a brief research project, advancing:
- Classical physics, quantum theory, general relativity, quantum field theory, statistical physics, mathematical physics, and numerical methods are among the core topics, which are graduate-level foundational subjects.
- Elective courses cover cutting-edge research in a variety of specialized fields, including cosmology, particle physics, gravitational physics, string theory, quantum information, and quantum matter.
Students advance their research skills through:
- Winter school is a weeklong, practical group research project with the assistance of chosen researchers.
- Research project under faculty supervision that results in an essay that is publicly presented and defended at the conclusion of the PSI program
The academic staff evaluates students throughout the year through oral interviews (for core courses), homework assignments, and participation in tutorials. All course grades are either “credit” or “no credit. The objective is to support every student in realizing their potential and prevent grade-crunching competition. Read more on the programs FAQ page.
Successful graduates will earn a Master of Science in Physics degree from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Perimeter Scholars International certificate from Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Students receive the PSI certificate at the program’s conclusion, while the master’s degree is conferred at the university’s convocation ceremony after the conclusion of the academic term.
Delve deeper into the PSI program
Applications are now being accepted for the Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) program for 2023–2024.
Learn more about PSI
Rob Evans Mayor – Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics – Waterloo
How do I get into the perimeter Institute?
Apply Online There is no application fee required. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please refrain from contacting Perimeter Institute by phone or email to check on the status of your application. Once a decision is made, we will get in touch with the applicants.
Is Perimeter Institute part of University of Waterloo?
A compressed one-year program called Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) is provided in association with the University of Waterloo.
Is Perimeter Institute a college?
In order to rationalize, explain, and predict natural phenomena, the field of physics known as theoretical physics makes use of mathematical models and abstractions of physical systems and objects. In contrast, experimental physics investigates these phenomena using experimental tools.