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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 passion for a particular field(s) and the curiosity and drive to learn more.

Please fill out the application below, which requires personal and academic information, detail on extracurricular activities, and both short and long essays. All steps must be completed in order to pass initial screening. You may save and edit your application at any time.

Please note that you are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to applying. These sessions provide a full understanding of the Pioneer Research Program, including important suggestions for the application process. If you have already applied to the program, you are still encouraged to attend an information session; attendance indicates to the admissions team that you have a clear understanding of the process and the expectations of participants in the program.


Please note that in certain cases, additional information may be requested after you submit your application.


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For which term are you applying?




1 General information
We will use this email as the primary method of contact.

Please include the country code followed by a dash followed by the phone number.
Ex. 86-1396668888

Please include the country code followed by a dash followed by the phone number.
Ex. 86-1396668888

Have you attended an information session (whether online or at school)?


We strongly encourage you to attend an information session to better understand the program, learn how to prepare a successful application, and earn a priority deadline that will guarantee your application is reviewed while each of your selected research areas still has openings.

Information sessions are conducted every weekend via video conferencing and are about 50 minutes long. An internet connection for your computer or mobile device is required. With more students applying every term and concentrations limited to only three to six scholars, attending an information session will give you an edge in the admissions process if you decide to apply.

We suggest that you participate in an online information session prior to applying. You can register on the Admissions page of our website.


Have you previously applied to the Pioneer Research Program?




2 High School and Extracurricular 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 and Academic information

Please list your scores for any of the following tests you have taken. Reporting these scores is not mandatory but does provide useful insight for the Admissions Team.

Please answer these questions regardless of your research area interests. Is it helpful for our Admissions Team to have a complete picture of your background, but do not be concerned if you do not have experience in these specific fields.

Note: if you have difficulty uploading your test scores, you may email them to [email protected].

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.)
4 Research Area Preferences
Please choose up to four research areas. If you are interested in multiple areas of study, we strongly suggest that you apply to a higher number of research areas. That will help us better understand your interests and give you the greatest chance of being admitted to the program.


Research Areas offered:

Anthropology
Architecture
Art History
Astronomy
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Computer Science
Criminology
Ecology
Economics
Culture Studies
Education
Engineering
Environmental Studies
Film Studies
Gender 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. For STEM areas, please list and describe experience in calculus, statistics, other higher level math courses, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, computer programming and coding (including scores and grades). (450 chars. maximum)

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Do you have any other experience or qualifications in this field? Tell us anything about your background that may be helpful in demonstrating your interest in this specific subject area. Please answer in essay format. (450 chars. maximum)

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Why do you want to engage in this research area? Please answer in essay format. (100-150 words)

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4.2Area of interest 2:

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4.3Area of interest 3:

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4.4Area of interest 4:

Please list relevant courses and tests (SAT II, AP, etc.) that you’ve taken in this area. For STEM areas, please list and describe experience in calculus, statistics, other higher level math courses, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, computer programming and coding (including scores and grades). (450 chars. maximum)

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Unofficial Transcript

Pioneer requires an unofficial transcript to begin the evaluation of your application. Please attach a copy of your transcript, or equivalent information, below. This can be a clear photo or screenshot of your transcript or report card, showing all high school grades to date (middle school grades are expected for 9th grade applicants).

If you do not have access to an unofficial transcript or record of your grades, please choose one of the following options. In the text box, write the number (1, 2, or 3) that most closely describes your transcript situation:

  1. I need to get a copy and will email it as an attachment to [email protected] by no later than 2 weeks from my application submission date. I understand that if I am unable to submit by the deadline, I must be in touch with the Admissions Team at the email address mentioned in order to remain in consideration.
  2. I need Pioneer to provide a formal transcript request to my high school counselor or counseling 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)
  3. Other (please provide details about your situation)

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Official Transcript

If your application passes initial screening, Pioneer will then request an official transcript. Please complete and sign the Transcript Release Form below. Further details will be provided at that time.

Please download and fill out the transcript release form below. Please upload a scanned copy or picture to your application.
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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