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The IMPRS NeuroCom aims to recruit and educate excellent young scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and research experience in a structured and demanding research programme, in order to pursue a successful career in cognitive neuroscience. The school is intended for students possessing a very good Master's (or qualified equivalent) degree in disciplines such as computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, neurology, physics, psychiatry, psychology, or related fields, awarded by an internationally recognized university-level institution. Research experience is essential for successful candidates.

Required Documents

Please email the following documents as one PDF-file to the co-ordinator. All documents that are not in English or German have to be translated by an officially approved translation office.
  • Cover letter explaining the motivation and reasons for pursuing a PhD at the IMPRS NeuroCom and describing the personal research interests and academic goals
  • Research Field into which the student wishes to be accepted, and (if applicable) preferred supervisor
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including activities and experiences relevant‭ ‬to‭ ‬the studies
  • Two names of academic referees support‭ing ‬your application
  • Title and abstract of the‭ master’s ‬thesis‭ (or equivalent thesis)
  • ‬Master’s‭ ‬degree (or equivalent degree)
  • Official academic transcripts of course work and other relevant academic certificates
  • Certificate of proficiency in English‭ (‬non-native speakers only‭)‭. ‬Also acceptable is course work in English either at the home university or at a university abroad.‭
  • List of publications‭ (‬if applicable‭)

If the Master is not completed yet

Students may apply before receiving their Master’s degree. In this case, they need to indicate the expected date of their Master’s degree or equivalent degree, and they must submit their most current academic transcripts. The degree must have been awarded by the time the student starts the IMPRS NeuroCom.

Language Requirements

Candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Because the teaching and supervision language at the IMPRS NeuroCom is English, German language skills are not mandatory. However, international students are encouraged to participate in German language courses as a second language once they have started their PhD here in Leipzig.

Selection Procedure

The applications are evaluated by members of the IMPRS faculty. Interview selection is based on academic qualifications, personal references, recommendation, research experience and interests, and suitability to the programme. Potential candidates will be invited for an interview.


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