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International Graduate School of Neuroscience

The International Graduate School of Neuroscience (IGSN) offers an english language PhD programme in all aspects of neuroscience from the molecular level to higher cognitive functions.

The IGSN was founded in October 2001 as an initiative of the Northrhine-Westfalian government to provide a forum for PhD candidates with superior academic track records. The IGSN offers an international network of renowned scientists, world leading supervisors and provides an excellent scientific environment.

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The IGSN provides PhD-students with a comprehensive and multidisciplinary research training programme in basic, cognitive, clinical, and computational neuroscience. A key goal of IGSN is to give PhD students the opportunity to conduct high level research in a nurturing educational environment, that equips them to work in a multidisciplinary manner in the neuroscience field.

A fast-track international PhD in Neuroscience (completed within 3 years) together with additional training in management and complementary skills is aimed to produce a new generation of young neuroscientists that can compete at the highest level, both professionally and internationally.

IGSN Calendar

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IGSN/SFB 1280/BIOME Conference

The 2020 IGSN/SFB 1280/BIOME conference took place on 25th – 26th of February 2020.

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Online application

The online application for DAAD Scholarships / PhD Projects beginning in 2020 has now closed.

Thank you to everyone that applied.

Graduation Day 2019

Four graduates throwing their mortarboards into the air

The IGSN celebrated its Graduation Day on December 6th, 2019

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Schreibwettbewerb 2019

Die Gewinner des Schülerschreibwettbewerbs 2019 wurden auf dem Graduation Day der IGSN ausgezeichnet.

Die ausgezeichneten Texte finden Sie hier.

Bilder von der Preisverleihung finden Sie hier.

The prizes for the writing competition for secondary school pupils were awarded at the IGSN Graduation Day 2019.

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Career platform for female neuroscientists launched at the RUB. Click her for pictures and a report.


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