Pioneer Academics Scholarship

Pioneer Academics is committed to driving and empowering students to pursue their intellectual interests. Though Pioneer is a highly selective online research institute focused on high-achieving high school students, we believe that students of all ages should have the resources to chase their academic passion.
To help support college students in exploring subjects or issues they care about, we are launching a scholarship program. The winner of the scholarship will receive $2,000 to be used toward academic expenses.

Who is Eligible

Any student currently enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year American university or college is eligible to apply, regardless of major or area of study. Students who have had minimal research experience will be prioritized.

How to Apply

Applicants should respond to one of the following three prompts to apply for the scholarship:

To apply, fill out the application form on this page and submit the following with your application:

Submission Deadline

All scholarship applications are due on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern time (US). The Pioneer Academics research and development panel of judges will evaluate all applications and select the winner, who will be announced on or before Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Additional Details

The $2,000 scholarship will be granted through the financial aid office at the winner’s college or university.

About Pioneer Academics

The Pioneer Research Program is a virtual research institute providing undergraduate-level research opportunities to talented, intellectually motivated high school students from around the world. Pioneer is the only fully-accredited online research program for high school students and is respected for its rigorous academic standards and system.

Offering STEM, social sciences and humanities disciplines, the Pioneer Research Program enables participating high school scholars to conduct research online in advanced study of a topic of their interest.


If you have any questions about the Pioneer Academics scholarship,
please email [email protected].
Congratulations to all admitted Pioneer scholars in Summer 2021! We received 3016 applications from 64 countries for 703 research positions for this summer.
We appreciate the interests and efforts of all the applicants. Info sessions for 2022 are open. Click here to register.
  • Considering students have significantly fewer options for their summer enrichment, Pioneer adjusted the cohort size from maximum 5 to maximum 6 so that we can offer the opportunity to more students. Please be aware that Pioneer will only expand cohorts which we feel sure will not be compromised in any way by a slight increase in participation. Some areas, therefore, may stay at a maximum of 5 because the nature of the course requires heavier coaching.


  • Pioneer admissions still requires the same application materials, but we may adjust the timing in response to current realities. If you can work with your counselor to collect your official transcript and counselor evaluation and submit them soon after you submit your application, it will speed up the process. Pioneer admissions requires an official transcript and counselor evaluation to process applications for the final round. If these items won't be available during the process due to COVID-19, applicants must submit evidence that the school's counseling office is closed. Pioneer admissions will then decide what adjustment shall be granted.