Doctoral Program at Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Germany

Publish Date: Jul 30, 2015

Deadline: Jan 15, 2016

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain offers

  • A three-year structured program with ample opportunities in research, education and training in one of Europe’s largest mind and brain research communities,
  • Assignment of at least two professorial thesis advisors – usually one from the brain sciences, one from the mind sciences, in order to ensure the interdisciplinary impact and support for your work,
  • Regular meetings with leading international researchers through the School’s own scientific meetings and international lecture series,
  • Financial assistance to attend national and international conferences,
  • Journal and methods clubs, participating in academic retreats,
  • A series of tailor-made courses on subjects relevant for interdisciplinary mind and brain research, and access to specialized scientific soft- and hard-skill courses,
  • A mentoring program, career development, and coaching,
  • Partnerships with several international universities that re maintained for research and training exchange, joint conferences, and lab rotations,

... all of which lead to successful Alumni careers!


When applying to the doctoral program, please make sure that you will be able to supply the following information with your online application:

(1) Academic background

To be able to apply for the doctoral program, students must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a

  • Master’s degree (with thesis, usually two years)
  • Diplom
  • Staatsexamen
  • Magister

in a field related/relevant to mind/brain research, e.g. philosophy, linguistics, psychology, neurology, psychiatry, computer science, biology, law, economics, or related fields.

(2) Research proposal

(a) Please read this advice by our faculty on how to apply successfully:open or download (pdf 35 kb)

(b) The central requirement for admittance to the School is the applicant’sproposal for a doctoral project that was developed by themselves. All research proposals must have clear mind/brain relevance. The focus should be on the interface between the humanities and/or behavioral sciences with the neurosciences. Typical projects will investigate research questions that are of relevance to more than one discipline. The six research topics of the School pay tribute to that approach:

  • Perception, attention and consciousness
  • Decision-making
  • Language
  • Brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny
  • Brain disorders and mental dysfunction
  • Human sociality and the brain (social cognition)

See also:

  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Philosophy
  • Rationality
  • Molecular and cellular neuroscience

(c) A proposal must contain a detailed project idea, including:

  • Summary of previous research
  • Justification for the relevance of the current project and the proposed research methodology
  • Summary of the hypotheses and research questions to be addressed
  • Relevant bibliography
  • Clear exposition of ideas: All proposals will be reviewed by several faculty members some of whom may not be specialists in your field. Therefore, it will be of advantage to you if your research proposal is comprehensible also to non-specialist reviewers.

(d) Formal requirements for proposals:

  • Max. five pages. Please note: Excess text will be blacked out!
  • Single spaced
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 point
  • Margins: on all sides at least 2 cm
  • File format: PDF (do not password-protect or lock your file!)
  • File name: YOUR NAME_content (e.g., Miller_cv.pdf)

If in doubt, please turn to the admissions officer of the School, (Ms) Dr Inken Dose, for additional advice (

(3) Proof of proficiency in English for non-native speakers

Our doctoral program is conducted in English. If you are a non-native English speaker we require proof of your proficiency. During the online application, please upload a certificate providing proof of your English knowledge. The minimum demand is B2 which is equivalent with the following test scores:

  • UNIcert® II Certificate: 3,0
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 5,0
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE): B-C
  • TOEFL: o Internet-based Test: 87, o Paper-based Test: 560
  • DAAD Language Certificate: C in all test sections (minimum requirement)

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