22 May 2018

Max Planck School of Cognition

New national school established. Application deadline: t.b.a.

Max Planck School of Cognition


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Max Planck School of Cognition: Doctoral Program

The doctoral program at the Max Planck School of Cognition (MPS-Cog) will offer exceedingly bright students a superior grasp of the different methods and approaches used in the rapidly evolving field of Cognition. We are driven by the passion to better understand human cognition and “mental phenomena” (potentially) occurring in non-biological systems and agents.

The school is comprised of an outstanding and world-renowned cluster of faculty researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds but with overlapping research interests. The researchers come from Max Planck institutes, universities, Helmholtz Association and Fraunhofer Society.

The program consists of an orientation year (basic courses, lab rotations) followed by three years of research for the doctorate and is fully financed.


The Max Planck School of Cognition (MPS-Cog) invites applications from exceedingly bright students with strong academic experience in areas related to cognition such as psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience, physics, computer science, artificial intelligence, philosophy, biology, medicine or a related subject.

Application period

from mid September 2018 till mid December 2018, for entry in September 2019

Visit the website for regular updates: https://www.maxplanckschools.de/23798/application

Max Planck Schools

A joint initiative between German universities and German research organizations

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - that is the underlying idea of the Max Planck Schools, giving graduate education in Germany a completely new direction and making this new concept uniquely attractive for outstanding doctoral candidates worldwide.

In Germany, the best researchers in a specific field are often working at different universities and non-university research institutions spread throughout the country. The Max Planck Schools will serve as hubs gathering this distributed knowledge. Here, the brightest minds in their fields have come together from within the scientific community to interconnect in ‘faculties’ made up of active researchers.

Through close personal exchange and mentoring, living and studying together in small groups, and with the help of an excellent infrastructure the most ambitious Bachelor or Master graduates will be able to learn from the leading experts in various disciplines - all driven by their passion for science.


Arno Villringer, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Katrin Amunts, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf & Forschungszentrum Jülich


Natacha Mendes
Scientific coordinator
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences