Candidate profile

  • Students who have finished their 4th year of compulsory secondary school (ESO) by June 2022 (ages 15-16).
  • Studying at a secondary school in Catalonia, either public, private or publicly-subsidised private schools.
  • Strong academic record, which must come with motivation, interest and excitement at participating in the programme. We are looking for young people who not only have great marks but are also keenly interested in scientific research.
  • Good level of oral and written English. English is the language of science, and therefore it is essential  to achieve mastery of it during the three years that the programme lasts.
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Intention of pursuing a scientific and/or technological baccalaureate. We are looking for young people with talent, curiosity and motivation in the sciences, and with the goal of specialising in this field of knowledge.
  • Commitment to make the most of the opportunities offered by the Youth and Science Programme for the three years it lasts.

Registration process

The entire registration process takes place online via the programme website. No documents sent by post or email will be accepted. 

Each school may submit a maximum of three students. If more than three candidates are received from the same school, all the school's candidates will automatically be eliminated. 

If your school has 4 or 5 ESO tracks you can present up to 4 students, and if your school has 6 or more ESO tracks you can present up to 5 students.

The following are needed for candidates to be considered:

  • Online submission of the authorisation form with the information on the student's parent or legal guardian.
  • Online submission of the registration form filled out by the candidate. 
  • The online confidential recommendation of the student's science, maths or technology teacher.
  • The online confidential recommendation of the student’s tutor, head of studies or school director. 
  • Candidates who do not provide all the documentation online will be excluded from the selection process

Submitting the application form does not guarantee direct admission into the Youth and Science Programme. All the candidacies submitted will be part of the selection process.


Selection process

A jury chosen by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation will propose the shortlisted candidates who will go on to the second phase in the selection process. All the candidacies received will be individually evaluated. The information and documentation provided by each candidate will be evaluated in the selection process, including:

  • The student’s answers to the questions on the registration form, including the letter of interest.
  • Confidential recommendations from the school: a teacher in the field of science, maths or technology; and the tutor, head of studies or school director.
  • English level.
  • Academic record.
  • Motivation and a desire to participate in scientific research experiences. 

The candidates registered in 2022 who pass the first selection phase and are shortlisted will go on to the personal interview phase, which will take place on April 22, 23 and 24, 2022 (dates to be confirmed).

Notification of the final selection will be sent in the first half of May 2022. 
A total of fifty students will be chosen from all the candidates who apply. The selection will be based on the project chosen; ten students will be chosen for each project proposed for the scientific stays at MónNatura Pirineus. 
All communication shall take place via email. 
The selected students will join the first phase of the programme, the scientific stays at MónNatura Pirineus, from June 27 to July 9, 2022, they may join the second phase of the programme, the research centre stays, if they meet the entrance requirements (taking and passing the assessment of a scholarly article and being enrolled in a scientific and/or technological baccalaureate programme). The next summer, 2023, they may join the last phase, the International research stays. 

The jury’s selection decision may not be appealed.

Price of the programme

PHASE 1 | Scientific stays at MónNatura Pirineus

The total cost of the Scientific Stays at MónNatura Pirineus is approximately 2,200 euros per student, of which the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation finances around 70%. Thus, once selected for the program, each student will make the contribution of 660 euros in concept of registration to confirm their place. The total cost of the stays includes: overnight stays and student maintenance at the MónNatura Pirineus centre from June 27 to July 9, 2022, material used in research projects, one-way transportation to the center, activities carried out, fees of investigators and support staff, accident insurance and civil liability.

Payment must be made before May 23, 2022, to confirm the student's place. Payment may be made in instalments (400 euros + 260 euros), if required. In this case, the second payment will have to be made before June 6, 2022. Candidates who do not make the payment within the established deadline will be excluded from the program.

PHASE 2 and 3 | Research centre stays and international research stays

For the stays at local research centres, the Youth and Science Programme covers the training and materials used by the student during the research stay, as well as accident and liability insurance. The travel, accommodation and meal expenses are not covered by the programme and must be paid by the participants.
If the student is participating in an international science stay or programme, the Youth and Science Programme will cover the expenses of registration in the programme, which sometimes also includes accommodation and meals. The travel, health insurance and international visa expenses are not covered by the programme and must be paid by the participants.

Application to the programme entails acceptance of these conditions. Any aspect not explicitly outlined shall be determined by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation.

Termination and cancellation policy of the programme

When the participant requests to withdraw from the programme:

In the event that the participant chooses to withdraw from the programme voluntarily, without just cause, the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation will not refund any of the payments already made.

Only in the case where the participant claims that the cancellation is due to sufficiently justified personal reasons, or in those cases not provided for in these regulations, the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation may request accrediting documentation from the participant, and each case will be evaluated individually. The decision of the Foundation will be final.

As a general rule, the Foundation reserves the right to modify, unilaterally and for justified reasons, any aspect that affects the sessions of the training programs, without this generating any right to a refund of the amounts paid by the participant or his or her tutors.

Complete cancellation of the programme by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation

In the event that the Catalunya la Pedrera Foundation, due to internal causes, has to cancel the programme definitively and completely once the payment has been made, and as long as the program cannot be run in another format, place or on different dates, the refund of 100% of the amounts paid will be reimbursed covering the period until the time of cancellation. These amounts will be refunded using the same method used for payment.

Cancellation of the programme due to force majeure or situations not attributable to either the participant or the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation

Force majeure means any unforeseeable, unavoidable and overwhelming situation or event beyond the control of the parties (e.g. war, revolution, terrorist acts, border closures, epidemics, natural disasters, etc.). If the Catalunya la Pedrera Foundation is faced with a situation of force majeure that affects the development or continuity of the programme, all those affected will be notified immediately, specifying the nature, effects, duration of the situation, if possible, and the measures that will be taken to deal with the force majeure situation.

If the complete cancellation is due to the health situation and to the restrictions or regulations in force at the time arising from the pandemic situation due to COVID-19: the Foundation will reimburse the amounts paid, with the exception of the 10% of the cost of the programme, corresponding to management and organization expenses.


The Youth and Science Program bases the evaluation and selection process on the qualities of the candidates. Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation is committed to giving opportunities to young people and, therefore, the granting of scholarships to candidates who justify documentarily not being able to face the registration amount will be studied. For the application for scholarships contact us at once your application has been selected and before the end of the period for the payment of slot confirmation.

Once the scholarship is applied for, it will not be necessary to make any payment until the resolution.