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PhD in Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience

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The PhD in Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience is a national PhD course involving scientific institutes studying neuroscience all over Italy, including Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa. To tackle the challenge of the complexity of the brain and the whole nervous system, the course is composed by four curricula, covering different tools to investigate the nervous system and the broad range of interplays between neuroscience and the other fields

  • Computational and system neuroscience
  • Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience
  • Neuroscience and Humanities
  • Preclinical, clinical and Translational Neuroscience

Sant’Anna fellowships focus on two aspects: neural activity decoding and stimulation through brain-machine interfaces and in-silico simulation of the effects of pathologies and neural stimulation on neural circuits.

For further information:  https://isas.unicam.it/dni/phd-theoretical-and-applied-neuroscience

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International Programmes 2023/2024

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GGNB Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience (PhD) GGNB Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience (PhD)

University of göttingen • göttingen.

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Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS), Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences (MPI-NAT), German Primate Center (DPZ)

Application is possible independent of deadlines.

This cross disciplinary programme aims at understanding the computational capabilities of neural systems combining approaches from Physics, Biology, Computer Science, Psychology, Medicine, and related fields. Transformative technological progress is currently opening unprecedented research opportunities to analyse collective behaviour and to decipher the evolutionary design principles of neuronal networks, thus enabling a new generation of scientists to solve the big questions of basic research.

Computational and theoretical neuroscience research at the Göttingen campus is extraordinarily broad, ranging from research into the molecular architecture and biophysics of living neuronal computing devices to the operation of complex brain networks and to emergent cognitive abilities of human and animal brains. Many research projects are jointly driven by collaborating experimental and computational research groups and offer students a comprehensive learning experience at the frontier of neurobiology and the computational and exact sciences.

The computational neuroscience community in Göttingen is offering innovative courses in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. These include lectures in neural networks and theoretical neuroscience, seminars and method courses on topics in theoretical neuroscience, and an annual advanced summer school in computational neuroscience. The Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience programme extends these offers and shapes them into a comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum.

The doctoral programme in "Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience" is offered by the Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB).

The research-oriented programme is taught in English and open to students who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in physics, biology, computer science, or related fields.

The GGNB offers an integrated training and qualification concept consisting of:

  • Thesis advisory committees advising the doctoral student and monitoring the progress of the doctoral project
  • Scientific methods courses, seminars and summer schools in all science areas covered by the graduate school
  • Professional skills courses in the four categories of Scientific Communication; Good Scientific Practice, Ethics, and Intellectual Property; Self-Management and Organisational Skills; and Career Development as well as German language courses and courses on scientific English
  • Industry excursions to biotechnological, pharmaceutical, optical or (bio)physical companies, guided by GGNB alumni
  • Student-organised scientific symposia and career-related events
  • Annual PhD retreats organised by the programmes

In total, 20 credits are required, and doctoral students can tailor their individual curricula by choosing from all courses and events. Only a seminar on good scientific practice is mandatory.

The doctoral students hold at least three annual Thesis Advisory Committee meetings within the regular PhD time of three years. The maximum duration of PhD studies in GGNB is four years.

  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad

If necessary, lab visits and projects will be organised for students. They may last several days or several weeks.

Fees amount to around 400 EUR per semester. The fees include a prepaid semester ticket that entitles students to use regional trains (in Lower Saxony and Bremen) and city buses in Göttingen free of charge. Students of the University of Göttingen receive discounts for cultural events. Meals and drinks are also available at reduced prices at all university canteens. Fees: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/fee Semester ticket: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/16432.html

The average cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to other major university cities in Germany. Currently, expenses for accommodation, food, health insurance and books are approx. 1,000 EUR per month. Please note that fees for health insurance may vary according to age. Living expenses might be slightly higher. For further information, please see the following link: www.uni-goettingen.de/en/54664.html

Doctoral fellowships are available at approx. 1,200 to 1,500 EUR per month.

Master's degree or equivalent in physics, the life sciences, computer science, or a related discipline

Applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit proof of proficiency in English. If no English test is available, proficiency in English can be evaluated during a personal interview. Proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English speaking country may also be accepted.

Online registration at http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/apply/497097.html

The Accommodation Service of the International Office supports international students who are enrolled at the University of Göttingen in finding accommodation and serves as a point of contact for related queries. The Accommodation Service also publishes suitable offers from private landlords in Göttingen and collaborates with the Student Services ("Studentenwerk"). As the number of available accommodation options in Göttingen is limited, it is highly recommended to contact the Accommodation Service as early as possible. For further information, please see the following link:


Please note: For doctoral students, accommodation services are only available if you have a low income.

Information on the career service for doctoral students in the natural sciences can be found here: http://www.gauss.uni-goettingen.de/career

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Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Preclinical Clinical and Translational Neuroscience

Computational and System Neuroscience

Neuroscience and Humanities

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An innovative way to  tackle the complexity of neuroscience studies

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The National PhD program  in "Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience" aims to provide doctoral students with the scientific methodologies necessary for the integrated study of neuroscience in areas ranging from molecular and cellular neurobiology, to computational neuroscience, cognitive, preclinical, clinical, diagnostic, rehabilitative neurorobotics  up to the  investigation of  the mind-body-brain relationship.

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To establish a network of prestigious  Italian Universities and Research Institutions to support   multidisciplinary study programs in neuroscience and to form new generations of researchers in  highly competitive international research environment

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Doctoral candidates interested to gain competences in the broad field of neuroscience and motivated to  conduct their research in a highly stimulating inter- and multi-disciplinary environment.

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For more info please contact  [email protected]

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International PhD Program in Neuroscience

Porto, Portugal

Learning type(s): In Person

Language(s): English

Duration: 4 years

Degrees available: PhD

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Domains: Cognition and Neural Network, Neurogenesis and Development, Neurons and Glia: Intrinsic Properties, Cell Biology and Cell Types

Subdomains: Cognitive development and aging, Gene expression and regulation, Intracellular dynamics, Learning and memory, Molecular signals and their receptors, Neural circuit mechanisms, Neurogenesis and gliogenesis, Social cognition and behavior

Programme participating in the NENS Exchange Grants initiative

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Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit

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Applications for 2024 entry will open in autumn 2023.

Phd in theoretical neuroscience and machine learning.

The four-year PhD programme includes in its first year intensive courses that provide a comprehensive introduction to theoretical and systems neuroscience and machine learning (see Teaching ). Multidisciplinary training in other areas of neuroscience is also available. We offer a supportive and interdisciplinary environment with close links to the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviours (SWC) and the ELLIS Unit at UCL. Students are strongly encouraged to work and interact closely with peers and faculty at SWC and the ELLIS Unit to benefit from this uniquely multidisciplinary research environment. Projects involving collaboration with researchers at and/or external to UCL are welcome. For details see programme structure . Students study toward a PhD in either machine learning or computational and theoretical neuroscience, with minor emphasis in the complementary field. Exceptionally, some students with pre-secured studentships have joined us to study for an MPhil degree in one of these fields. Students from other PhD programmes can also carry out all or part of their research in the unit. We do not offer taught undergraduate and Master's degree programmes, nor a research Master's degree programme.

Around 90% of our alumni  students and postdoctoral fellows work in a scientific setting, with over 60% holding an academic position and about 30% working in research development in companies such as Google DeepMind and Facebook.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a strong analytical and mathematical background, a keen interest in neuroscience and/or machine learning, and a relevant first degree (for example, in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, or Cognitive Psychology). Students seeking to combine work in neuroscience and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply. Please note that candidates offered a place on the Gatsby PhD programme will be required to meet UCL's standard admissions requirements (including the English language requirements for international applicants).


Full funding is available to all students, regardless of nationality. Our PhD studentships cover UCL tuition fees for both home and international students and include an annual tax-free stipend as well as travel budget for attending conferences and workshops. We also welcome applications from students with pre-secured funding or who are currently applying for other scholarships/studentships.

If you have additional questions, please see our FAQs or contact us .


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