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PhD Program

International PhD Program in Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

The Bernstein Center Freiburg (BCF) offers a multi-disciplinary, international PhD program in Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology. 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.

Key features of the PhD program

Membership in the program provides

  • basic training in Computational Neuroscience and Neurotechnology, as well as other related fields
  • opportunities for scientific exchange with other senior and junior scientists
  • opportunities to team up with other neuroscience research labs in Freiburg
  • access to the Computational Neuroscience community in Germany  

How to apply?

There are several ways to join the PhD Program:

  • Apply directly to one of our open positions in research projects of the BCF or directly contact one of the BCF members whose research you are interested in..
  • Join us by applying to the Spemann Graduate School of Biology & Medicine. Instructions on how to apply are detailed on the SGBM website.
  • Provide your own funding, e.g. through a DAAD fellowship, a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes or from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds. For these fellowships you typically need to submit a research proposal together with a potential supervisor. Please check the websites of the [[BCF members]] to find out whose research interests you most. You should contact that person directly and ask whether he/she is willing to discuss a possible project with you, to supervise your PhD thesis, and to support your funding application.

Rules and Regulations


Bernstein Center Freiburg
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
Hansastraße 9a
79104 Freiburg