How to apply

In general, only applications submitted electronically through our online application system can be considered for evaluation. We recommend that you collect and prepare all necessary information before starting the application process. Please make sure that you click "submit" to finally submit your application.

During the registration you will also be asked to name three preferred supervisors / researchers you would like to  work with. BEFORE you fill in the registration form, we kindly ask you to follow step 1 and step 2.

In order to get an overview about the requirements and research conducted in each of the four modules please thoroughly read the description of each module.

To get  an overview of current research interests of each IMPRS NeuroCom faculty member, please visit:
From here you can click at each faculty member and see what is the current focus of her/his research and which PhD projects are offered at the respective labs.

Once you are acquainted with the four different IMPRS modules AND PhD projects offered by  IMPRS NeuroCom faculty members. Please indicate your preferred module and preferred supervisor. If you have no preferred supervisor(s) please only indicate your preferred module(s).

Please note: Most presumably, we will forward your application to the faculty members you indicate as your preferred supervisors. In order to make your application as successful as possible, please make sure that you also meet the requirements and the research interests of your preferred module(s) and supervisors.


At the end of the online form you are asked to upload a single .pdf-file containing the following documents:

  1. Cover letter explaining the motivation and reasons for pursuing a PhD at IMPRS NeuroCom, and describing your personal research interests and academic goals (about 1-1.5 pages). Please also name your preferred supervisors here. If available, please also mention the preferred topic you would like to research. 

  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) including activities and experiences relevant to the studies.

  3. Names of two academic referees supporting your application.

  4. Title and abstract of your Master’s thesis (or equivalent thesis; not longer than one A4 page). If you have not yet started your Master’s thesis, please either include an abstract of your Bachelor’s thesis or a brief summary of your plan for your Master's thesis.

  5. Copy of Master’s degree (or equivalent degree).

  6. Official academic transcripts of coursework and other relevant academic certificates.

  7. Certificate of proficiency in English (non-native speakers only). Coursework in English is also accepted, either at your home university or from a university abroad.

  8. List of publications (if applicable).


Please make sure you arrange your attachments in the suggested order. Please be aware that only complete applications will be considered. Since the working language of both the graduate school and the Institute is English, only applications in English are accepted.


Letters of recommendation

We require two recommendation letters. Please list the names and contact details of two referees of your choice. Once you have submitted your application, they will automatically receive an email with a link where they can submit their recommendation letters. Please note, that this Email will be sent from

with subject header "Reference request your first name your last name / IMPRS NeuroCom" and that it may take some time until your referees receive it.

Please ask your referees for permission before you name them. The deadline for recommendation letters is 22 November 2020. You and the referee will both receive an email confirming successful upload of the recommendation letter.

Please keep in mind: It is your responsibility to ensure that the recommendation letters are sent in due time. Only complete applications (including two letters of reference) will be considered for evaluation.



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