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Positions for students and scientists displaced or at risk due to conflict

Perimeter seeks the world’s brightest minds – including those displaced or put at risk by war, political turmoil, or other threats to their safety and academic freedom.

The Institute offers positions to researchers and students of any nationality who are at risk in their home countries or their intended place of work/study.

For students:

  • Students in their final year of an undergraduate degree, or the first year of a master’s degree, can apply to participate in the Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) master’s program and enroll at the University of Waterloo.
  • Students in the final year of a master’s program can apply to begin a PhD under the supervision of a Perimeter faculty member, and enroll at one of Perimeter’s partner universities.

For researchers:

Program duration: Master’s students will receive support through the completion of the PSI program. Students beginning their PhD will typically receive support through the completion of their degrees. Researchers will receive up to one year of support.

Funding: Perimeter will work with each successful applicant to assess funding requirements.

Application deadlines:

  • For Perimeter Scholars International, application deadline is February 1, 2023
  •  All other program applications will be accepted and reviewed until all positions are filled.

Apply Online: 

Please note: if you are having difficulty with internet access, please email Sunny Tsang at [email protected] for assistance.


The program is for theoretical physicists or students/researchers in closely related fields. Research at Perimeter Institute covers nine sub-fields of theoretical physics: cosmology, mathematical physics, particle physics, quantum fields and strings, quantum foundations, quantum gravity, quantum information, quantum matter, and strong gravity.

Yes, Perimeter has a wide range of free online resources – lectures, explanatory videos, podcasts, classroom activities – for students, instructors, and science enthusiasts, ranging from elementary-school to master’s-level physics.

Check the Government of Canada page to determine whether a visa is required based on your country of origin:

You should start the application process as soon as possible upon acceptance to the program. Perimeter’s in-house immigration consultant can assist.

  • All Perimeter members are expected to follow institutional guidelines while in the building. As of October 1, 2022, Canada no longer requires COVID vaccination to enter the country.