Pioneer Academics, based in the US, introduced and developed the Pioneer Research Program, the world’s first system for online academic research mentorship by college and university professors to top high school students around the world. With its increasing scope of academic areas open to applicants (22 areas offered in 2015), Pioneer caters to the intellectual curiosity and passion of exceptional high school students. 272 high school scholars from 18 countries and regions have participated in Pioneer research in the past three years.
Partnering with organizations like the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) allows Pioneer Academics to fulfill its social mission of offering need-based scholarships to 20% of the participants every year.
Description and purpose
Pioneer Academics will sponsor three full-tuition scholarships, valued at US$6,300, to students nominated by AISA Full Member schools. Recipients of the scholarship will be granted a spot in the Summer (June-August) edition of the program in 2016 in one of the four academic areas selected in the student’s application.
Eligibility for Participation & Nomination
Individual students cannot apply directly to AISA or Pioneer Academics for this scholarship.
AISA Full Member Schools may nominate one student for the scholarship by completing the application form. Students are eligible for nomination if:
- They are enrolled at the nominating school in Grade 10 or 11 during the 2015-16 School Year
- They are fluent in English
- They have access to the Internet with a fast connection, on a computer with working microphone and camera on a regular basis for the duration of the program
- They have a strong academic background.
- They are willing to commit to the program and the research.
- They are passionate about pursuing independent research and strongly self-motivated.
- They may be required to pay a deposit that will be fully refunded after the successful completion of the program
- They can demonstrate financial hardship (eg. nominated student is on a full or partial tuition scholarship at their school).
Nominated students will be invited to attend an online information session shortly after the nomination deadline. In this session, the program will be presented, including the difference between Spring and Summer program and instructions for application.
Download the Application Form here.
Applications received after the deadline or from students that did not attend an information session will not be considered. Students will also have to complete a telephone interview with a Pioneer Research Program admissions committee staff member. Students may also have to complete an interview or written assignment from the professor whom they are proposed to work with. Admissions are complete only with the final approval of proposed mentoring professor.
Selection process and timeline
Step 1: Any AISA full member schools can nominate one student before May 15th, 2016. Nominating schools must be ready to support student’s participation if needed.
Step 2: Nominations will be reviewed and selected students will be invited to an online information session and provided a deadline for their applications.
Step 3: Successful applicants will be invited for a personal interview.
Program Start Date: For students admitted into the Summer program, their commitment will start by June 25th and run through the end of August.