Facts about the School  

Facts about the School

1 The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is an international and interdisciplinary graduate research school. It was established in 2006 and receives its funding primarily through the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments
to promote science and research at German universities.

2 Since 2007, the School has been offering a highly successful three-year English-language doctoral program in English.

3 In 2012, School started a structured English-language postdoctoral program offering networking activities, support in the acquision of third-party funding for own workshops and conferences, teaching and supervision at Master's and doctoral levels, and other career development opportunities for junior researchers.

4 As the result of the highly successful funding bid within the national Excellence Initiative competition in 2012, a new research-based, English-language master’s program “Mind and Brain” (M.Sc. and M.A.) was set up.

5 The focus of research at the School 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)’.

6 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).

7 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.

8 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.

9 Through funding awarded by the Excellence Initiative the School was able to establish and fund several additional 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.

10 Each year the school accepts 25–30 master’s students and 10–15 doctoral candidates into its program. In December 2016 the school had more than 100 master’s students (cohort 4 started in 2016), 40 doctoral members (cohort 10 started in October 2016), 65 doctoral alumni, 55 faculty members, and 16 postdocs. There is also a continuously growing number of associated researchers and associated research groups.

11 Supervision: doctoral candidates will be supervised by (at least) two professors. Usually, one is from the ‘mind sciences’ and one from the ‘brain sciences’. 

12 There are no tuition fees payable for this program. Administrative fees come to approx. 290 Euro per semester (including a public transport travel pass). Doctoral candidates will have pay for their own health insurance and personal liabilty insurance.

13 Funding: Each year the School can offer a number of doctoral scholarships to the best applicants. These scholarships are highly competetive. Students who were not successful in winning one of the School’s own scholarships will receive support in obtaining an alternative source of funding (e.g. a research post within a university department or with one of the research groups, or an alternative scholarship).

14 Doctoral candidates will be offered academic soft-skill courses (e.g. scientific writing, grant-application writing, high-performance presentation), mentoring, and career counseling. Students are obliged to take part in journal and methods clubs and to attend the School’s weekly lecture series.

15 The School is a founding member of Humboldt Graduate School (HGS). HGS is an umbrella support organization to a select number of doctoral programs wihthin Humboldt-Universität. Together with the School’s administration, HGS offers services to doctoral candidates including assistance with visa applications, matriculation, health insurance, local authorities, academic soft-skill courses, and language classes.
You will find photographs of the splendid Humboldt Graduate School building around this website. It was originally erected in 1839/40 as the Royal School of Veterinary Medicine. Since January 2009, the second and third floors of the building’s North Wing are home to the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

16 The School closely collaborates with neuroscience graduate schools in Berlin, especially with the two doctoral programs Medical Neurosciences and Computational Neuroscience. It is a member of Neuroschools Germany and of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS).

17 Flier
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18 Borchure about research conducted at our School
The First Ten Years (104 pages, pdf 3,300 kb)

19 Press reviews and articles
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This page last updated on: 21 December 2016

Humboldt Graduate School
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

built in 1839/41 as the Royal School of Veterinary Medicine

Architect: Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse (after a plan by Karl Friedrich Schinkel)