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. Once you have started the process, you will have to continue until the end, as it is not possible to save your data in between. Use this pdf-file to check which documents have to be submitted during the application process.
Please read all points thoroughly.
During the registration you will also be asked to name three preferred supervisors / researchers you would like to work with. To receive an overview of possible supervisors and available PhD projects, please visit Faculty and Research. Here you can have a look at all IMPRS NeuroCom faculty members and learn more about their research topics and available PhD projects.
At the end of the online form you are asked to upload a single .pdf-file containing the following documents:
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.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) including activities and experiences relevant to the studies.
Names of two academic referees supporting your application.
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.
Copy of Master’s degree (or equivalent degree).
Official academic transcripts of coursework and other relevant academic certificates.
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.
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 ask your referees for permission before you name them. The deadline for recommendation letters is 9 December. 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.