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Please submit your application to the program through our application portal.

Requirements and application procedure

The deadline for applications for stipends starting October 2017 is March 15, 2017.

Candidates admitted to the program are expected to hold a Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g., neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, physics, …) and have the required advanced mathematical background. Please apply through the BCCN application portal. In case of technical problems with the registration in the portal, please contact the coordination office: graduateprograms @ bccn-berlin.de You will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, if applicable);
  2. letter of motivation;
  3. copies of certificates and transcripts of records;
  4. proof of proficiency in English;
  5. description of Master thesis of equivalent;
  6. project proposal for future PhD work within the scientific focus of the Research Training Group (recommended approximately 1000-1500 words including bibliography);
  7. names of potential supervisors (NB: candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors and discuss potential projects with them before the application deadline).
  8. two letters of reference must be sent by the reference persons per email within deadline directly to: graduateprograms @ bccn-berlin.de

Selection: Successful applicants of the first round will be invited to Berlin for 2-3 days to meet their potential supervisors and present themselves to the faculty of the program by giving a short presentation and an interview. The applicants should prepare a 15 min presentation of their master or diploma thesis including a description of their motivation for the future PhD project. Selection criteria include:

  • competence and research experience in CNS/machine learning;
  • proficiency in English;
  • mathematical background;
  • scientific and educational track record;
  • research interests and motivation.


The Research Training Group plans to offer PhD scholarships to 5 selected doctoral students.


If you are a funded PhD student in the field of Computational Neuroscience and are interested in joining a structured PhD program, you can apply for association to the Doctoral Program of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin.


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