The International Graduate School of Neuroscience offers an Online Application (see link below).

The application consists of three parts:

1. Online Application
2. Completion of cover sheet after successful Online Application
3. Submission of two recommendation letters

1. Online Application
Before starting your application online we strongly recommend to prepare the following details. You may then just copy and paste most of the information into the online form.

  • Personal information (name, date of birth, [e-mail-]address, etc)
  • Academic history (subjects, degrees, universities, scholarships, awards, additional qualifications, languages, etc)
  • Work experience (if applicable) (employer, position, etc)
  • Names of two referees (incl. [e-mail-]address, URL)
  • Scientific interests (preference in neuroscience, name of preferred IGSN-member)
    Please indicate the names of three researchers/faculty members participating in the programme in whose laboratory you wish to pursue your research. You are urged to match your interests with the research fields of the participating investigators. Further information on the research interests of the faculty members can be obtained here.
  • Thesis and research experience (if applicable) (not more than 250 words!)
    Please indicate the title of your Master or Diploma thesis, the name of the supervisor and the period within which the project was completed. Briefly summarize the aims of the project, key results obtained and your contribution. If you have carried out research prior to your Diploma or Master thesis, or since then, please describe this briefly in a separate paragraph.
  • Experimental skills
  • Publications or patents (if applicable)
  • Motivation for entry into programme
    Briefly discuss your reasons for applying to this programme and for wanting to pursue advanced studies in Neuroscience
  • Envisaged career
  • Extracurricular interests
  • Financial statement
  • Research proposal
    The international postgraduate programme is strongly research oriented. Write a short research proposal about the scientific work you would like to do. Please state whether you have funds and equipment available. You are welcome to develop your own ideas. Alternatively, you may look up recent publications of relevant members of faculty as a starting point.

Proceed with the Online Application

2. Completion of application cover sheet
After fully completing the online application form you will receive acknowledgement of your application by email and will be asked to download an application cover sheet. Please print it out and fill in the relevant information, before returning it together with the copies of the relevant certificates and degrees to the IGSN before the application deadline. Please be advised that a translation into German or English will be required.

International Graduate School of Neuroscience
Ruhr University Bochum, FNO 01/116
Universitätsstr. 150
D-44780 Bochum

3. Submission of two recommendation letters
Please forward the referee report form (.doc-format, 90k or . pdf-format, 3500k) to two academic teachers of your choice (those you named in the online application) who are able to evaluate your personality, academic experience and intellectual merit. The reference letters can be enclosed to your application cover sheet, preferably in closed envelopes, or can be sent to the coordination office directly by the referees. The use of the IGSN reference report form is recommended. The recommendation letters must reach us by March 20th at the latest.