Presenting Partner    RBC

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

Please review the information below before you begin your application.

December 1, 2019 Applications available online
March 25, 2020 Application deadline 
April 30, 2020 Successful applicants notified and list published online
May 22, 2020 Acceptance and permission forms submitted
July 12 - 25, 2020 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 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.


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 summer school will be conducted in English; applicants must be fluent at speaking, reading, and writing in English.

*The recommended age for ISSYP is 16-18 years of age at the time of the program, and many will have already completed Grade 11. However, students who fall outside of this age/grade range may still apply and will be considered. 

Applications to ISSYP are now closed. Application information for ISSYP 2020 will be available on December 1, 2019.

Applications for ISSYP 2019 are now closed. Application information for ISSYP 2020 will be available on December 1, 2019.