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PhD students

Perimeter Institute offers a rich environment for PhD students with unparalleled opportunities to interact with research leaders from around the world while laying the foundation for a future career in physics.

PhD students supervised by a Faculty or Associate Faculty member located at the Perimeter Institute receive their degree from the partnering university where their supervisor has a full or adjunct appointment. These universities include the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, University of Toronto, York University, McMaster University, and Western University. Past graduates have obtained competitive postdoctoral fellowships at international institutions, including NASA, MIT, and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics.

PhD students at Perimeter are supported by the Perimeter Residency Doctoral Award. This award must be applied for separately from the University PhD application. Students need to apply for their position through their supervising professor who has adjunct status at PI. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be registered at one of our neighbouring universities - mentioned above, and must be able to show documentation of acceptance. Students do not need to apply until they have been accepted.

Perimeter Institute is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Perimeter Institute provides support throughout the application process for applicants with disabilities. We work with you to understand the impact of your disability to appropriately accommodate you during the application/interview process. Please contact [email protected] for assistance.

How to apply

Students apply directly to the PhD program of the partner university where the potential supervisor has graduate supervision privileges. That will be the university at which the supervisor is listed as either faculty or adjunct faculty.

For more information please contact Debbie Guenther.

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