Research Programs

Pioneer Research Program

The Pioneer Research Program provides undergraduate-level research opportunities to talented, intellectually motivated high school students from around the world. It is the only online credit-bearing research program for high school students that offers STEM, social sciences and humanities disciplines.

In the Pioneer Research Program, selected students work one-on-one with leading U.S. university professors in advanced study and research of a topic of their interest, culminating in a full-length research paper. The program is conducted entirely online, allowing high school students from all over the world to participate.

Who should apply?students who want to conduct research in a variety of areas
Eligible Grade Levelssophomore – senior
Cost$6450 (limited need-based scholarships available)
Opensnow open
DeadlineSpring-to-Summer 2022: December 19, 2021, 11:59 PM EST
Summer 2022: TBA
Decisions ReleasedTBA
Date of programSpring-to-Summer 2022: February – July
2022 Summer 2022: June – September 2022
Selectivity~25% eventually enroll in program
~3% of participants published in journal

Application Requirements

  • 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.

Application Process

Round 1:

  • basic information, HS information, testing information, transcript
  • research field preference (indicate 4 top choices)
  • for each area of interest: relevant courses + qualifications (450 characters each), why this research area (100-150 words)
  • application essay (300-400 words)

Round 2:

  • online interview
  • timed writing during interview (monitored)


  • provides college credit in conjunction with Oberlin College
  • works with professors from all across the country in prestigious institutions

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