Berlin School of Mind and Brain, deadline January 15 and July 15 2018.


The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is an international and interdisciplinary graduate research school that offers a three-year doctoral degree program in English. The School was established in 2006 as part of Germany’s Excellence Initiative for German universities. It is the Berlin School of Mind and Brain’s mission to train outstanding young scientists to become experts in one of the relevant fields, and to give them the ability, and the opportunity, to cooperate with researchers from other disciplines. Doctoral candidates are admitted by a four-step process that identifies the 10–15 best applicants. They are selected in a highly competitive and internationally open admission procedure.

BASED at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, our main partner institutions in research, education and training are the Charité Medical School and the universities in Berlin and Potsdam, Magdeburg and Leipzig as well as the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, and Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

15 January: General application deadline for all students (with and without funding)

15 July: Additional application deadline for students with secured funding (scholarship)

We are happy to announce 4 fully-funded scholarships (3-4 years) for international students by the DAAD. Two scholarships each will be available for 2017–2020 and two for 2018–2021.

These are two of seven scholarships the school will be able to offer in 2017.

RESEARCH within the School concentrates on six paradigmatic topics each of which connects brain- and mind-related research:

o   perception, attention, and consciousness
o   decision-making
o   language
o   brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
o   brain disorders and mental dysfunction
o   human sociality and the brain

Research is strongly embedded in the basic and clinical research conducted within the region allowing for synergistic research initiatives and opportunities. The School has a faculty comprised of nearly 60 distinguished researchers, including five Max Planck directors, four Leibniz Prize winners, several ERC advanced grant recipients, and the Einstein Visiting Fellow. Together with the associated research groups they cover the most relevant research areas in the mind and the brain sciences.

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Editor: Mikael Stiernstedt

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