The International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) of the Ruhr University Bochum was founded in 2001 as part of an initiative by the Ministry of Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Currently host to ca. 60 students, the IGSN offers a PhD-programme that integrates research with an educational curriculum, and which qualifies young scientists to compete at the highest level of international neurscience.


Multidisciplinary research projects are offered in areas such as developmental, molecular, systems, cognitive, clinical or computational neuroscience. They are pursued by students from disciplines such as biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, neuroinformatics, physics, and psychology. Their common denominator is their academic excellence and their determination to pursue a career in neuroscience.

Tuition is conducted by internationally recognised top scientists from all areas of neuroscience. The educational curriculum is supported by monthly symposia with top international neuroscientists, regular international training visits by our students and complementary skills training.

If you are a gifted, highly motivated young scientist that wishes to receive an all-round education in neuroscience theory and skills we would be happy to receive you application for our programme.

Application deadline is January 31st for admission in October of the same calendar year. If you would like to apply, please proceed to the admission section.