Facts about the School
The Berlin School of Mind and Brain (M&B) is an international and interdisciplinary graduate research school. It was established in 2006 and receives its funding through the Excellence Initiative (an ongoing German Federal and State Governments initiative since 2006 to promote excellent science and research at German universities), the Einstein Foundation Berlin, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The school is a founding member of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin (ECN) and a first-prize winner of the Einstein Doctoral Programme 2017-2019 prize for the best doctoral programs at Berlin universities. For 2018-2023 DFG Research Training Group 2386 on "Extrospection" will be part of the school.
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Facts & Figures
1 Since 2007, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain runs a highly successful three-year English-language doctoral program in English.
2 In 2017, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain won the first prize in the Einstein Doctoral Programme 2017–2019 competition for the best structured doctoral programs at Berlin universities. Read more ...
3 The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is a founding member (2016) of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences (ECN) Berlin.
4 For 2018-2023, DFG Research Training Group 2386 "Extrospection" will be part of the school.
5 Since 2013, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain runs a research-based English-language Master’s program “Mind and Brain” (two tracks, M.Sc. and M.A.). Applications are invited 1–31 May of each year.
6 The focus of research at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain is on the interface between the humanities and behavioral sciences with the neurosciences. Main topics of research are: ‘perception, attention, consciousness’, ‘decision-making’, ‘language’, ‘brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny’, ‘mental disorders and brain dysfunction’, and ‘human sociality and the brain (social cognition)’.
7 What do ‘mind’ or ‘brain’ in education and research stand for?
Mind: humanities and behavioral sciences such as philosophy, linguistics, behavioral and cognitive psychology, neuroeconomics, neurology and psychiatry (though depending on research question and methods).
Brain: neurosciences such as neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, neurobiology, neurology and psychiatry (though depending on research question and methods).
8 Interdisciplinary research: it is our mission to train outstanding young scientists to become experts in one of the relevant fields, to provide them with knowledge over the gamut of mind and brain research, and to give them the ability, and the opportunity, to cooperate with researchers from other disciplines. Find out more about our idea of interdisciplinarity.
9 The Master’s and doctoral training programs cover all fields relevant to mind/brain-related research. Doctoral candidates engage in a teaching program which lays the foundations for interdisciplinary work. Courses are held mainly during the first half of the doctoral program. Master’s students have their own study program.
10 The school has an interdisciplinary faculty of 62. They are based at different universitites and institutions within the Berlin metropolitan area (Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, Magdeburg). Through funding awarded by the Excellence Initiative the Berlin School of Mind and Brain was able to establish and fund several especially established teaching and research posts: a full professorship in philosophy of mind, a full professorship in social cognition, an adjunct professorship in lifespan ontogeny, an adjunct professorship in decison making, a junior professorship and an assistant professorship in medical psychology, two assistant professorships in philosophy of mind, one junior professorship in neurology and two assistant professorships in psychiatry. Read more: People
11 Each year the Berlin School of Mind and Brain accepts 25–30 Master’s students and 10–15 doctoral candidates into its programs. Read more: People
12 Doctoral supervision: doctoral candidates will be supervised by (at least) two professors. Usually, one is from the ‘mind sciences’ and one from the ‘brain sciences’.
13 There are no tuition fees payable for this program. University administrative fees for Master’s students currently (Summer 2018) come to max. 320 Euro per semester (six months) including the administrative fee (50.00 Euro), student union (8.50 Euro) and the public transport travel pass for Berlin and Potsdam (201.80 Euro - obligatory for Bachelor’s and Master's students, optional for doctoral candidates). Doctoral candidates pay the same administrative fees, but the travel pass is optional for them. Master’s students, doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral researchers on stipends will have to pay for their health insurance and personal liabilty insurance.
14 Funding: Each year the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and the Einstein Center for Neurosciences (of the School is a founding member) can offer a number of doctoral scholarships to the best applicants. These scholarships are highly competetive. Students who were accepted but not successful in winning one of the scholarships will receive support in obtaining an alternative sources of funding (e.g. an externally-funded scholarship, or a research post with one of the research groups).
15 Doctoral candidates will be offered academic soft-skill courses (e.g. scientific writing, grant-application writing, high-performance presentation), mentoring, and career counseling. Candidates are also obliged to take part in journal and methods clubs and to attend the Berlin School of Mind and Brain’s weekly lecture series.
16 The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is a founding member of Humboldt Graduate School (HGS) which was established in 2006. HGS is an umbrella support organization for doctoral and postdoctoral education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. HGS offers services to doctoral candidates including academic soft-skill courses. In 2016, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain was invited to also join Dahlem Research School, the equivalent umbrella institution at Freie Universität Berlin.
17 The Berlin School of Mind and Brain closely collaborates with neuroscience graduate schools in Berlin, especially with the two doctoral programs Medical Neurosciences and Computational Neuroscience. It is a member of the Network Neuroschools Germany and of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS).