NeuroCure PhD Fellowships

Closing date for applications was January 10, 2016.

A new call for PhD Fellowships will be announced this fall by our partner, the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin.

Short-listed applicants were selected on a symposium which took place in Berlin March 17-18, 2016. We are happy to welcome our new NeuroCure PhD Student Fellows in October 2016.

With over 50 internationally recognized research groups, NeuroCure offers outstanding interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for national and internationall scientists from a wide range of backgrounds.

Fellowships are available in the following subject areas:
  - Molecular mechanisms of nervous system development and function
  - Mechanisms of neural damage and cellular age
  - Endogenous brain protection
  - Nervous system regeneration
  - Crosstalk between nervous and immune system
  - Developmental disturbances
  - Synaptic plasticity


How can I apply?
Please use our online application platform. Follow the instructions on the plattform.
You need to:
- Create a profile
- Once you have a profile, you can start filling in the required information and to upload the required documents (see "what do I need to supply")
Only complete applications via this platform can be processed.

Please use our online application plattform to apply.

Who can apply?

Formal qualification is a MSc or equivalent degree.

Outstanding candidates with a BSc degree are also eligible after assesment of their qualification.

What do I need to supply?

Interested candidates should submit a CV, two letters of recommendation and a letter of motivation. This letter should also include a short description of the applicants academic and research interests, nominating at least three potential labs of the cluster. Reference letters can be handed in with the application or submitted separately by the reviewer. Please note that you are free to change your preference during the application process or during lab rotations.

How does the application process work?

After a first review of the applications by an independent committee of local scientist, selected candidates will be invited for a Skype or telephone interview. After this selection step short listed candidates will be invited to visit the Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure for a final assessment. During this stay, candidates will have the opportunity to meet faculty members of their choice and discuss potential projects with prospective supervisors. Shortly after this, the final decision will be announced by the selection committee

Once a candidate has been accepted for a scholarship, he/ she and his/ her supervisor have to propose a research project, which should be presented in front of the examination and admissions commission of the International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences. Following this reviewing process, the student will enrol as a PhD candidate at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Depending on previous degrees, the thesis work will be awarded with the title of PhD or MD/PhD.

How long lasts a scholarship?

NeuroCure will finance a PhD research project for 3,5 years. All selected PhD students have the opportunity to undertake small rotation projects (i.e one month each) in different labs for an additional period of up to three month before making an informed choice.

What does a scholarship constitute of?

A scholarship constitutes of roughly 1360 € per month, from which health insurance has to be subtracted. Additional money is available for travel, training opportunities etc.

In which research group can I do my PhD thesis?

In all research groups that are members of the consortium, a list can be found here:

Which graduate program will I be affiliated with?

The NeuroCure funded PhD candidates will be part of the International Graduate Program „Medical Neurosciences“. PhD projects will be subject to the program’s rules and regulations.

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