Application Issues
How to apply?
Please use our online application platform. Follow the instructions on the platform. 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?
Outstanding candidates with a BSc (or equivalent) degree are eligible for our fast-track PhD program after assessment of their qualification. The formal qualification for a regular PhD Fellowship is a MSc or equivalent degree. For both programs your current studies should be finished in September 2019. However, your Bachelor´s or Master´s certificate can be submitted later.
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
- psychiatry
- psychology
During the registration process I was asked to choose the track I want to apply for. Which one should I select?
Please select "fast-track PhD" if you are now enrolled in a Bachelor´s program and want to get an one year long Master´s education at the ECN (without the need to submit a MSc thesis) followed directly by a three year long PhD project. The Master´s part of our program is carried out from our partner International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences. Please look on their website for training information.

Please select "standard PhD" if you are now enrolled in a Master´s program and want to start directly with the lab rotations and our innovative training program followed by a three year long PhD project.
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. Try to verify your email address from within our application portal!
I entered my personal data and verified my email address but I cannot proceed with my application. What shall I do?
Please tick the red "Apply" button with the checkmark behind!
What do I need to supply?
Interested candidates should submit a CV, two letters of recommendation and a letter of motivation/interest. This letter should also include a short description of the applicants' academic and research interests. Reference letters can be handed in with the application or submitted separately by the reference.
I have not got my Bachelor´s resp. Master´s certificate yet. What shall I do?
As an applicant for the fast-track PhD program just submit your last current transcript. As an applicant for the standard PhD program submit your your Bachelor´s certificate and your last current transcript. 
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 MSc/PhD Fellowships and PhD Fellowships every year to aspiring national and international scientists. The application portal will open again on December 3rd, 2018 and close on January 7th, 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).
Please use this Guide to Reference Letter (2019 version). 
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'.
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 1.468 € per month for PhD students and 800 € per month for fast-track PhD students during their Master´s time (first year). 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