26 March 2019

M&B Travel Awards 2019

Application deadline: 20 May 2019 23:59:59 hrs CEST

For students wishing to apply to the Berlin School of Mind and Brain's doctoral program in 2020

Travel period: between 1 July 2019 and 30 November 2019

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain offers awards for 6-8 students for two-month lab visits in Berlin. Awards amount up to max. 2,500 € (depending on your exact duration and travel costs). The awards will thus cover a substantial part of the cost of living for the duration of your stay in Berlin (accommodation, food, transportation).

As a Travel Awardee you will work with potential supervisors with a view to elaborating on project ideas for submission to the Berlin School of Mind and Brain's doctoral program in January 2020. You will take part in events and come into contact with students doing their doctorates, and with postdocs and faculty through lab rotations and workshops.

During your stay you will not only get to know the lab of the faculty member you applied for but also participate in scientific soft-skill courses and work on your research proposal for the application to the doctoral program.

Preparatory program offered by the school:
Information about the application process; courses on grant application writing and/or project development; scientific writing course; mock project presentations (if requested); information about the German academic system.

The following two-day courses worth 500 € each will be available for free to travel awardees:

22–23 July 2019 (Monday/Tuesday), 9.00–17.00
Doctoral Proposal Writing
Trainers: Dr. Judith Vey & Alexander Egeling

1–2 October 2019 (Tuesday/Wednesday), 9.00-17.00
Doctoral Proposal Writing
Trainers: Dr. Judith Vey & Alexander Egeling

Applicants are tasked with making contact with the faculty member they would like to work with. Prior to applying applicants will have to agree with this faculty member on a stay in their lab.

Find a list of our faculty members here: www.mind-and-brain.de/people/faculty/


(1) A letter of motivation (detailing your reasons for applying for the travel award and lab you want to visit, your background and research interests; max. 1,000 words)

(2) An preliminary outline for the project/research idea you would like to pursue during your planned doctorate (max. 1,000 words);

(3) Your academic CV;

(4) Transcript and certificate of BSc/BA and current transcript of Master studies;

(5) Statement of acceptance by the faculty member you want to visit, stating the dates and duration of your stay.

(6) Please send your application in ONE PDF file no larger than 7 MB (YourSurname_TA2019.pdf) to mb-manager-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de, stating your

- planned start date,
- planned duration of stay,
- estimated travel costs (i.e., cost of ticket for your flight, bus or train ride to Berlin)

(7) One letter of recommendation should be sent by recommenders directly to mb-manager-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de


20 May 2019 23:59:59 CEST


Between 1 July and 30 November 2019


In order to be eligible for this award you need to meet the basic eligibility criteria for applying to the School’s doctoral program in 2020; in particular you need to have completed or be in the process of completing a Master’s or equivalent degree in an area of study relevant to the School.

Further details about eligibility criteria for study at the School can be found here (www.mind-and-brain.de/doctoral-program/application/requirements/).




Annette Winkelmann

mb-manager-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de