Admissions committee and timeline
All complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee (internal link to our page “Bodies and committees”). 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 a number of reviews from members of the Faculty and selected associated researchers for each applicant research proposal received, will compile the list of invitees for interview in Berlin, and will decide on the final acceptance of applicants into the School.
Admission process timeline after submission of applications
The timeline below applies to the regular application period with the deadline of 15 January.
(1) From 16 January
All complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Committee will request a number of reviews for each student research proposal received from members of the Faculty and selected associated researchers.
The Admissions Committee discusses and evaluates all applications together with the respective Faculty reviews and shortlists invitees for a personal interview and project presentation in Berlin.
(3) Late February
(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 rank all candidates and make a recommendation for the tentative acceptance of new doctoral candidates into the doctoral program. The number is usually around 10, but figures vary a lot from year to year and depend on the overall quality of applications (i.e., the suitability and feasibility of projects and the individual excellence of candidates), the availability of supervisors for potential projects, and the availability of funding. 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). Scholarships will be offered to the best candidates who are without secured funding at the time of application and interview.
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 may still be able to join the School but you will have to apply for and secure your own funding. However, you will be unable to join the school without funding. Read more about our scholarships and various other sources of 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 universities (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 (i.e. the university) and the registration as a doctoral candidate with a faculty at that university usually, but not invariably, 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 at 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