Einstein Training Program and Core Curriculum
Einstein Training Program (ETP)
The ECN will invest great care in organizing and evaluating structures and projects to harmonize the existing training programs in Berlin with the goal of achieving a strong collaborative research landscape in the neurosciences and a master‘s and PhD education equal to the highest international standards.
Our research program is characterized by unique collaboration and partnerships
The ECN will be the central institution connecting its PhD students to partner institutions, such as, the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN), the Center of Stroke Research Berlin (CSB) and NeuroCure. The Neuroscience ECN PhD program trains a selected group of students in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment.
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The ECN PhD fellowship program offers selected students the opportunity to become experts in neuroscience research and related disciplines. While the first cohort of 2017 has already started their curriculum, we offer new PhD fellowships every year – with annual calls for application starting in fall.
The combination of the ECN curriculum and courses offered by our partner institutions allows students the interdisciplinary study of neuroscientific disciplines (such as anatomy, physiology, cell biology, computation, pharmacology, linguistics and philosophy). Learning about the research questions and methodologies of different scientific fields will help students generate their own curriculum and pursue their individual research focus and career plans.
The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a common foundation, so that all students have a strong knowledge base and a common language across the breadth of Neuroscience, which is a highly diverse and multidisciplinary field.
Two weeks before the official start of the semester, the incoming students attend a two-week boot camp (end of September/ beginning of October). The two-week intensive program will help them generate an overview of the interdisciplinary fields of study before they specialize in their first laboratory of choice (during the following laboratory rotation period).
Students will familiarize themselves with the core curriculum of the Einstein Training Program (ETP)and get to know each other and the city of Berlin a bit better. The intensive program features lectures on key neuroscience concepts: The focus will be on fundamental aspects, such as, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology but also other relevant disciplines like philosophy and ethics. During the boot camp, the students will take a test for individual assessment and the identification of personal interests and strengths.
All students are expected to perform three separate laboratory rotations during the first six months in labs of their choice. Each rotation usually lasts for a period of two months to gain hands-on experience in a variety of approaches and methods, get to know faculty members and their laboratory groups better. This way, all PhD fellows are able to make an informed choice about their respective thesis lab.
Meanwhile, the students will attend weekly lectures to complement the core curriculum of their studies in each field. At the end of the rotation, the ECN students will select a laboratory and mentor for their thesis. The Einstein Center will be central to organize this transition and remain the main contact during the following years of study.
The continuing education module will supplement the ECN core curriculum and give ECN PhD fellows a profound basis in relevant skills, such as scientific writing, project management and visualization of quantitative data. Modules in entrepreneurship, open innovation, technology transfer will also be offered.
During the period of study, 4 years, ECN PhD fellows will maintain a close relationship with their supervisor and their PhD committee. Students will continue to meet regularly with the supervisor and the PhD committee to ensure progress towards successful completion of thesis research. The aim is to support the student in every possible way with his or her research while securing a high quality of supervision. The first meeting will take place shortly after the student has settled into his or her selected laboratory after the rotation period.
After the Selection Symposium in April/Mai 2018, the admission committees will come together to evaluate the candidates and decide on offers. We aim to send the admission emails one week after the symposium. If you are selected, you will then have one week to decide whether or not you accept our offer. We hope to finish the selection process and have our final, definite candidates by the end of Mai.
We will then look forward to seeing you in fall 2018!
(New candidates are welcome to apply to our program 2019)