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Scientific visitors

At Perimeter we believe that national and global collaboration are central to the progression of theoretical physics. We welcome applications from scientists at various career levels and in all physics research areas for periods of time ranging from several days to a year. The merits of each application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For details about our programs, see below. To search past, current, and future scientific visitors to Perimeter, go to our Visitors page.


Types of scientific visitors

Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs (DVRCs)

DVRCs make Perimeter their second research home, visiting the Institute for extended periods each year while retaining permanent positions at their home institutions. While at Perimeter, they are full members of the scientific community: in addition to conducting research and collaborating with colleagues, many contribute to the Institute’s outreach programs, lecture in the Perimeter Scholars International master’s program, and organize and attend conferences.

Visiting Fellows

Much like DVRCs, Visiting Fellows span a wide range of expertise, are appointed to renewable terms, and retain their positions at their home institutions while visiting Perimeter for extended research visits of up to six months each year. 

Seminar Speakers

Perimeter Institute holds hundreds of seminars and talks every year, virtually and in person, many delivered by exceptional scientists from institutions around the globe. Learn more about our seminars.

Simons Emmy Noether Fellows

The Simons Emmy Noether Visiting Fellows are outstanding theoretical physicists who spend time at the institute while on leave from their faculty positions at home institutes. Named for a pioneering German mathematician, these fellowships provide exceptional scientists with support at crucial stages of their careers. Learn more about our Simons Emmy Noether Fellowship program.

Visiting Researchers

Researchers on leave from their home institutions who come to Perimeter to do research for extended periods of up to one year (often for sabbatical). Learn more about our Visiting Researchers program.

Affiliate Members

Physics faculty at other Canadian universities who have a standing invitation to visit Perimeter at any time to collaborate with resident researchers, attend talks and conferences, and enjoy a workspace free of their usual distractions. Learn more about how to become an Affiliate Member.