After submitting your application
The timeline below applies to the regular application period with the deadline 15 January.
(1) From 16 January
All complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Committee comprises members of the different disciplines represented in our School, and parity of mind and brain scientists is integral for the composition of this committee. The Committee will request by members of the Faculty a number of reviews for each student research proposal received.
The Admissions Committee discusses and evaluates all applications together with the respective Faculty reviews and shortlists invitees for a personal interview in Berlin.
(3) Late February
If your application was favorably reviewed, you will be invited to Berlin for a personal interview and project presentation before the Scientific Council.
(4) March or April
For the personal interview and the project presentation you must prepare a 10-minute power point presentation, covering only very briefly your most recent academic work and education and focusing mainly on your doctoral research proposal. (If invited you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare your presentation.) This presentation will be followed by a short discussion with the members of the Scientific Council.
After careful consideration and discussion, the Scientific Council will accept new students into the doctoral program, usually around ten. The exact figures depend on the overall quality of applications (i.e., the suitability and feasibility of projects) and on the availability of supervisors for potentially suitable projects. A few days after the interview, applicants will be informed whether they were admitted to the school.
If accepted into the school
The Scientific Council also distributes the available Mind & Brain as well as DAAD scholarships among the successful candidates (this procedure is not applicable to students who apply with their own funding).
The results of the scholarship distribution will be made known to the applicant with the acceptance letter.
If you do not receive one of the Mind & Brain scholarships you will have to apply for your own funding. You will be unable to join the school without funding. Read more about scholarships and funding here (internal webpage).
(6) Matriculation and registration as a doctoral candidate
(a) When starting the doctoral program, you will have to matriculate/enrol in one of the participating universites (see also Status).
(b) For the matriculation/enrollment you will need to show all your original school leaving and university certificates and transcripts.
(c) During the first semester, you will have to hand in a doctoral project proposal with the most relevant faculty/department of the university where you have enrolled in order to register as a doctoral candidate. I.e., you will have to apply for and be acknowledged as a doctoral candidate by the doctoral committee of that faculty/department.
(d) The place of matriculation (university) and the registration as a doctoral candidate with a faculty/department usually depends on the affiliation of your supervisor(s). This can be Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, or one of our partner universities in the metropolitan area, i.e. Magdeburg, Leipzig, or Potsdam.
(7) End of September/early October
Start of the structured doctoral program and curriculum