Application Issues
How to apply?
Please use our online application platform (please follow the link). Follow the instructions on the plattform. At the moment, there is only a desktop version available.
You need to:
  • Create a profile
  • Once you have a profile, you can start filling in the required information and to upload the required documents (see "What do I need to supply?")

Only complete applications via this platform can be processed.
Who can apply?
Formal qualification is a MSc or equivalent degree.
Outstanding candidates with a BSc degree are also eligible after assessment of their qualification.
What should I have studied?
The Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin offers a great variety of scientific disciplines amonst its researchers. Please, see our list of PIs to learn about the full academic spectrum covered by the Einstein Center! To apply for our program it would be helpful but not mandatory if you would have studied one of the following subjects (alphabetical order):
- biology
- (bio-)chemistry
- cognitive linguistics
- cognitive neuroscience
- linguistics
- mathematics
- medicine
- neurosciences
- neurobiology
- neurology
- philosophy
- physics
- psychology
During the registration process I was asked in which program I am currently enrolled. But, I already finished my studies. What shall I do?
Please, tick 'Master´s program or equivalent'!
Can I apply for both the ECN PhD Fellowship program and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain Fellowship program?
Yes, you can. However, please use two different email addresses for each application
Why did I not receive the verification email?
This a problem mostly googlemail users will face. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons gmail/googlemail blocks our emails. However, even without a verified email address you can proceed with your application. Try to verify your email address from within our application portal!
What do I need to supply?
Interested candidates should submit a CV, two letters of recommendation and a letter of motivation/intent. This letter should also include a short description of the applicants' academic and research interests, nominating up to three potential labs within the consortium. Please note that you are free to change your preference during the application process or during lab rotations. Reference letters can be handed in with the application or submitted separately by the reference.
When is the application phase for the next round of fellowships?
The application deadline for the second cohort of ECN PhD Fellows was January 14, 2018. The Einstein Center is committed to providing a limited number of PhD Fellowships every year to aspiring national and international scientists. The application portal will open again in December 2018 and close accordingly in January 2019.

Can I apply again, if I was rejected the year before?
Yes, you are welcome to apply again.


Document / Review Issues
How do I get recommendation letters?
Candidates should contact potential references as soon as they decide to apply. There is the possibility for the candidate to upload the letter or, if the candidate is not in possession of the letter, to put in the reference' name and email. The reference will receive an automated email with an upload link after you finished your application (you formally applied for an ECN PhD Fellowship).
Can I submit a 'Arbeitszeugnis' instead of a recommendation letter?
Yes, you are allowed to submit a 'Arbeitszeugnis' or 'Dienstzeugnis' instead of a recommendation letter as long as it meets our guidelines (see point above). Since we need all documents in English you need to add a certified translation of this 'Zeugnis'.
What is the project description/proposal?
Depending on the research area you are interested in, you need to prepare a project proposal about a hypothetical project you would like to carry out. The project should have an interdisciplinary nature, combing different research fields represented in the ECN. The project itself does not necessarily has to be an extension of your current research project, nor is it required that you are an expert in that field. However, you must convincingly present how you want to carry out the project including how you acquire knowledge which might be missing right now. The project must be feasible. It must be possible to complete it within the time of the fellowship.

The proposal should contain:

  1. A summary, including the relevant professional experience of the applicant and the relevance of the proposed project in the scientific context.
  2. Detailed description of planned methods.
  3. Detailed description of the research to be conducted, including hypotheses.
  4. Bibliography.
The proposal should have no more than 4 pages in the Font Arial, size 12 point. All proposals will be reviewed by different ECN members, some of whom may not be experts in your research field. Make sure your proposal is also comprehensible non-specialists. Please upload a PDF version.
Proof of proficiency in English for non-native speakers
You have to provide a proof of proficiency in English, through TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent (see list below). If you are an English native speaker OR the main language of your study program was English you do not need to provide a language test. In order to prove your proficiency in English, the following certificates will be accepted:

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade "B" or higher)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grade "C" or higher)
IELTS Academic (6 or higher)
TOEFL-iBT (score 80 or higher)
TOEFL-PBT (score 550 or higher)
CEF (C1 or higher)
UNIcertF (level III or higher)
All applicants must submit an English translation of their transcripts. We accept English-language translations provided by certified translators with knowledge of educational records and terminology.

General Issues
What does a scholarship cover?
A scholarship constitutes of roughly 1468 € per month, from which health insurance has to be subtracted.
In which research group can I do my PhD thesis?
In all research groups that are members of the consortium, a list can be found here: list of ECN-PIs
Which graduate program will I be affiliated with?
Depending on the choice of the final lab, you will be affiliated with one of the following programs:

- Berlin School of Mind and Brain

- Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin

- International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences