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Application Form Minimum Requirements for Applying to Pioneer:
  • Read, speak and write in English at an academically fluent level.
  • Be in grades 10, 11 or 12 at time of application (exceptional students outside this range may also be considered.)
  • Be able to commit 4-8 hours (school year term) or 8-12 hours (summer term) per week.
  • Have a passion for a particular field and the curiosity and drive to learn more.

Please complete the below application form to apply. The application requires general information, short essays about areas of research interest, a longer essay in response to a prompt, and academic information. You may save and edit your application while you work on it.

You need to attend an information session and complete the required application steps to be reviewed for an interview.


Upon submission, we may request additional information if necessary.


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Which term are you applying to?




1 General information
Please provide an email address that you check frequently. We will use this email as the primary method of contacting you.


2 High school information
In the [High School GPA field], please indicate whether your GPA is weighted or unweighted. (Example: 3.8 unweighted) If your school does not calculate a GPA on a 4.0 scale, please enter 'N/A'.

3 Testing information

Please indicate and list your scores for any of the following tests that you have taken. These tests are not mandatory to complete your application, but providing any completed scores provides information that will increase your chance of admission.

Note: if you encounter trouble uploading your test scores, you may email them to admissions@pioneeracademics.com.

Have you taken the SAT test?

Have you taken the ACT test?

If you have taken Advanced Placement tests, please provide the test name(s) and score(s):

Have you taken the TOEFL or IELTS test?

Enter details below for your TOEFL or IELTS test. (TOEFL is preferred if you have taken both.)
Have you attended an information session before? (whether online or at school)

We encourage you to attend one of our online information sessions so you can better understand the program and how to prepare a successful application.

The sessions are conducted every weekend through the video conference system we use for the program. Information sessions are about 50 minutes long. You only need your computer or mobile device connected to the internet. Students who attend an information session in person or online are also granted a priority deadline that will guarantee their application is reviewed while every research area still has at least one spot open. With more students applying globally every term and each professor working with only three to five students, this will attending an information session will give you an edge in the admissions process if you decide to apply.

You can register for any of the sessions through after submitting your application. A link will be available on the Confirmation page.


Have you previously applied to the Pioneer Research Program?



4 Research Field Preference
Please choose up to four. Choices can be changed after application is submitted. If you are interested in a few areas, we strongly suggest that you apply to three or four research fields. That will help us better understand your interests and give you the highest chance to be admitted to the program.


Research Fields offered:

Anthropology
Architecture
Art History
Astronomy
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Computer Science
Ecology
Economics
Culture Studies
Education
Engineering
Environmental Studies
Film Studies
History
International Relations
Literature
Mathematics
Media Studies
Music/Music Theory
Neuroscience
Physics
Political Science
Philosophy
Psychology
Science, Technology & Society (STS)*
Sociology



*STS is a multidisciplinary field that examines how social, cultural and political values influence and are influenced by scientific and technological developments.




Statement of interest (required)
4.1Area of interest 1:

Please list relevant courses and tests (SAT II, AP, etc.) that you’ve taken in this area, including scores and grades. For STEM areas, please list and describe experience in calculus, statistics, other higher level math courses, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, computer programming and coding. (Please provide scores and grades): (450 chars. maximum) Do you have any other experience or qualifications in this field? Tell us anything about your background that may be helpful in considering your application to this subject area. Please answer in essay format.: (450 chars. maximum) Why do you want to engage in this research area? Please answer in essay format. (100-150 words):
4.2Area of interest 2:

Please list relevant courses and tests (SAT II, AP, etc.) that you’ve taken in this area, including scores and grades. For STEM areas, please list and describe experience in calculus, statistics, other higher level math courses, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, computer programming and coding. (Please provide scores and grades): (450 chars. maximum) Do you have any other experience or qualifications in this field? Tell us anything about your background that may be helpful in considering your application to this subject area. Please answer in essay format.: (450 chars. maximum) Why do you want to engage in this research area? Please answer in essay format. (100-150 words):
4.3Area of interest 3:

Please list relevant courses and tests (SAT II, AP, etc.) that you’ve taken in this area, including scores and grades. For STEM areas, please list and describe experience in calculus, statistics, other higher level math courses, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, computer programming and coding. (Please provide scores and grades): (450 chars. maximum) Do you have any other experience or qualifications in this field? Tell us anything about your background that may be helpful in considering your application to this subject area. Please answer in essay format.: (450 chars. maximum) Why do you want to engage in this research area? Please answer in essay format. (100-150 words):
4.4Area of interest 4:

Please list relevant courses and tests (SAT II, AP, etc.) that you’ve taken in this area, including scores and grades. For STEM areas, please list and describe experience in calculus, statistics, other higher level math courses, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, computer programming and coding. (Please provide scores and grades): (450 chars. maximum) Do you have any other experience or qualifications in this field? Tell us anything about your background that may be helpful in considering your application to this subject area. Please answer in essay format.: (450 chars. maximum) Why do you want to engage in this research area? Please answer in essay format. (100-150 words):
Transcript:

You need to provide a transcript or equivalent information on your academic standing before Pioneer can review your application and determine if you will move on to the interview stage.

If you have simple access to a copy of your transcript, please upload it below.

Clear photo(s) or screenshot of your transcript or report card, showing all of your high school grades to the present time will suffice at this stage. This will enable Pioneer to inform you sooner if your application will be selected for consideration in the interview stage.

Please review the options below. In the text box, write the number (1, 2, 3…) that is next to the option which most closely describes your transcript situation:

  1. I have attached a scan or photo of my transcript
  2. I need to get a copy and will send it later or mail it as an attachment to admissions@pioneeracademics.com
  3. I need Pioneer to provide a formal transcript request to my high school counselor or counselling office. My counselor’s full name, official high school email address, and phone number are as follows: (Applicant should fill in this information next to the number below)
  4. Other (please provide details about your situation)


Upload copy of unofficial transcript (maximum 1 file - size: 5mb):

Please download and fill out the transcript release form below. Please upload a scanned copy or picture to your application, along with your other materials.
Transcript_Release_Authorization_Form.pdf

Upload signed official transcript release form (maximum 1 file - size: 5mb):


Application essay (required):
"Obstacles do not bend me. Every obstacle is destroyed through rigor." - Leonardo da Vinci

The Pioneer Research Program is one of the most rigorous and challenging academic endeavors a student can undertake during high school. How will Pioneer's rigorous system empower you to exceed your expectations of yourself? (We encourage you to reference ideas on our website or specific information about Pioneer that you may have learned from others if applicable.)
(Please compose a 300-400 word essay)*

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