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BrainDisC - International PhD Program in Computational Neuroscience of Brain Disease

The Bernstein Center Freiburg (BCF) offers a multi-disciplinary, international PhD program in Computational Neuroscience of Brain Disease. PhD students from different backgrounds in natural sciences, mathematics, engineering sciences or computer science are provided with a thorough scientific and methodological basis in computational neuroscience and neurotechnology for an academic or application-oriented career.

The PhD program is open to students from Germany and abroad.

To internationalize the program, we are supported by the DAAD funding programs GSSP, IPID4all and STIBET


In November 2014, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) launched the project “IPID4all” (“International Promovieren in Deutschland - for all”). Through this program, universities get the opportunity to further develop existing and test new strategies for the internationalization of the PhD phase. It will allow bundling several specific measures to achieve this goal.

The program’s aims are twofold: Winning more excellent graduates from abroad for a PhD in Germany, and creating conditions for German graduates to prepare them for a future in an international environment inside or outside of academia. Within IPID4all’s funding scheme, the Bernstein Center Freiburg was successful with its application for the new PhD program BrainDisC (“International PhD program in Computational Neuroscience of Brain Disease”). It will be fully integrated into the center’s new focus on Computational Neuroscience of Brain Disease.

BrainDisC allows the BCF to recruit excellent graduates for PhD studies, and aid German and international PhD students to qualify for a career within an international environment. It further allows the BCF to continue the development, both in terms of content and administration, of its PhD program. This activity is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Measures that are promoted by the DAAD as part of the BrainDisC program

  • International research stays
  • Participation in international conferences and workshops
  • PhD conference 2015, 2016, 2017
  • PhD retreat 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Bernstein Seminars
  • Invitation of guest scientists
  • Secondary skill courses
  • Language courses
  • Kick-off meetings


Promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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