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How to apply

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. The applications are evaluated by IMPRS faculty members. Interview selection is based on academic qualifications, personal references, recommendation, research experience and interests, and suitability to the programme. The call for applications usually opens in October and closes in December / January. Afterwards applications will be assessed and invitations for interviews will be send out in February / March. The interviews take place in April / May. The starting date of the programme is flexible, but usually our new IMPRS PhD students start in October.

Application dates:

Beginning of September 2016: Next call for PhD candidates will open
1 December, 2016: Application closes
6 & 7 March 2017: Interview Days for successfully evaluated candidates


PhD students of the IMPRS NeuroCom receive funding based on the guidelines of the Max Planck Society (about €1.740 gross).
There are no tuition fees. Enrollment at the University of Leipzig is optional. The enrollment fee is approximately €207 per semester. Living costs vary depending on personal spending habits. Doctoral students are required to have German health insurance coverage.

Alternative Application Procedure (only past the deadline and only for exceptional candidates)

However, applications from exceptional candidates may be considered throughout the year (depending on vacancies). In that case, please send your complete application to a preferred supervisor. As all activities of the school are conducted in English, we ask you to submit your application in English.

Required Documents

1. Cover letter explaining the motivation and reasons for pursuing a PhD at the IMPRS NeuroCom and describing the personal research interests and academic goals
2. Research Field into which you wish to be accepted, and (if applicable) preferred supervisor
3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) including activities and experiences relevant‭ ‬to‭ ‬the studies
4. Two names of academic referees support‭ing ‬your application
5. Title and abstract of the‭ master’s thesis (or equivalent thesis)
6. ‬Master’s‭ ‬degree (or equivalent degree)
7. Official academic transcripts of course work and other relevant academic certificates
8. 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.‭
9. List of publications (‬if applicable‭)

Please email these documents as one PDF-file to a preferred supervisor or the IMPRS co-ordinator.
Please make sure you arrange your attachments according to the suggested order.
Please be aware, that only complete applications will be considered.
All documents that are not in English or German have to be translated by an officially approved translation office.

If the Master is not completed yet

Students may apply before receiving their Master’s degree (or equivalent degree). In this case, they need to indicate the expected date of their 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 programme.

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. For PhD applicants a minimum score required for a TOEFL paper-based test is 550. The minimum score for the TOEFL computer-based test is 213, for internet-based test 79–80. For IELTS the overall band score should be 6.5.


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