The Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN) at LMU Munich invites applications for several PhD scholarships in Neurophilosophy. International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue Ph.D. programme.

Eligible Nationalities: International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a genuine interest in neurosciences
  • Seek interdisciplinary training in order to understand the brain as a whole
  • Hold an appropriate degree (see program requirements below) in biology, medical sciences, engineering, physics, bioinformatics, computer sciences, psychology, philosophy or other related fields
  • The program is highly competitive, therefore above average grades are of advantage
  • Promising candidates holding a Bachelor degree may be recommended by the selection committee for direct admission to the PhD fast-track program, linking The Master and PhD programs with a preparatory year before the dissertation phase
  • If you wish to learn more about the main objective and curriculum of the Master and the PhD program, including the fast-track option, please look over our teaching pages.
  • Note: Applications are welcome even if the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application, BUT the degree must be conferred before courses start the following October.

PhD and Fast-track program eligibility requirements:

Applicants for the GSN PhD program must hold an MSc or equivalent degree in biology, psychology, medicine, physics or related fields. Exceptionally qualified students holding a Bachelor’s degree can apply for the PhD fast-track program.

If you have started a doctoral neuroscience research project within the last year, but would like to achieve a PhD degree according to the standards of the GSN regulations, you may also apply. In this case, you should have secured your own funding for the duration of your PhD project.

Master’s eligibility requirements: Applicants for the MSc Program “Neurosciences” must hold a Bachelor or equivalent degree in biology, psychology, medicine, physics, philosophy or related fields.

Method of Application: The application includes an outline of your proposed research project, a CV, an official transcript of your academic work (list of attended courses; grades), diplomas and two separate academic reference letters. Please also name two potential supervisors (including one non-philosopher) from the core or affiliated neurophilosophy faculty of the GSN.

  1. Completed online application form(only available during the application period). Your completed online application form must be submitted by 12 o’clock noon CET on February 15th at the latest. You may save changes to your application before submitting.

You will need to have the following documents prepared for upload as PDF / scanned documents:

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Official transcripts/records of study: detailed documentation of your academic work (list of courses attended; grades if applicable)
  • Diplomas: certificates of relevant examinations (e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, plus relevant intermediate exams)
  • Motivation statement (check here the exact format)
  • Research experience exposé (max. length 2,000 characters) – describing all research experience which you consider relevant for us to know – mandatory for allPh.D.D applicants, except those in Neurophilosophy: Extra document requirements for neurophilosophy applicants

Please note that the research experience exposé is NOT about listing the methods used in your research, as a special field for methods listing has been established in the online application tool.

  1. Two separate letters of recommendation (deadline: 12:00 (noon) CET on February 21st!)

Letters of recommendation need to be submitted by the referee him or herself.

On the online application form, you will have to fill in the referee contact tabs and follow the instructions to authorize the coordination office to invite the referee to submit his/her letter of recommendation electronically, on your behalf.

Your referees will need to fill in an evaluation form as well as a recommendation letter.

Please be aware that your application can only be processed after we have received both letters of recommendation. Therefore, please make sure that your referees have enough time to submit recommendations by the deadline (12:00 (noon) CET on February 21st).

Online Application

Scholarship Application Deadline: February 15, 2018