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International Master’s/PhD/MD-PhD Neuroscience Program, Germany

funding for international Students for pursing Master’s/PhD/MD-PhD in Neuroscience, Georg-August-University, Göttingen,Germany
Study Subject:Neuroscience
Employer: Georg-August University Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the German Primate Center and the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen .
Level: Master’s/PhD/MD-PhD
Description: The Neuroscience Program is also recognized and funded as an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS).
The program is open to students from Germany and from abroad who hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) in the biosciences, psychology, medicine, physics, or related fields. All courses are held in English. The studentships are available. The academic year starts in mid-October, preceded by three weeks of orientation. Applications are welcome until January 15 of the year of enrollment.

Admission is only possible to the first segment, not directly to the PhD program. Applicants interested only in a PhD program should consider applying to one of the Göttingen PhD Programs (see participating institutions).

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The first segment takes one year and comprises lectures, tutorials, seminars, methods courses, and independent research projects (laboratory rotations). Because teaching in the first year follows an intensive schedule without semester breaks, it is possible to accumulate 90 credits (ECTS) in a single year, allowing admission to the Master’s exams in the end of this year. Subsequently, two separate segments are offered:

* PhD Program: Good to excellent results after the first year qualify for direct admission to a three-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups. The Master’s thesis requirement is waived. After successful defense of a doctoral thesis, the degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or the equivalent title Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) is conferred. Students who completed Medical School before entering the program may apply for an MD-PhD-degree. The MD-PhD title requires the German Approbation or equivalent. Recognition of foreign medical diplomas is handled by the ‘Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen’ in Bonn in co-opeartion with the ‘Niedersächsisches Landesprüfungsamt für Heilberufe’ in Hannover.
* MSc Program: Alternatively, students may conclude the program with a Master’s thesis, based on six months of experimental, scientific research. The degree Master of Science (MSc) is awarded upon successful completion of the Master’s thesis.


Requirements: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent degree, in biology, psychology, medicine, physics, or related fields. Applications are welcome even if the required degree has not been awarded by the time of application as long as this will be conferred before courses start in October.

Applicants who are not native speakers of English should demonstrate an adequate competence of the English language by acceptable results in an internationally recognized test ( e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL, CPE). Participation in such a test is recommended but not mandatory as language skills can also be evaluated during the personal interviews with selected candidates (see Selection and Admission). Proven higher education in English or a reasonably long stay in an English speaking country are also acceptable.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
First Year (MSc studies)

The program supports every student with up to 650 Euros/month throughout the first year if the request for financial aid is well justified. Whether a student receives the full amount through a stipend from the program or whether financial aid is granted, in part, through a student loan, depends on the number of students applying for a scholarship and on the financial situation of the applicant.

Every student is required to declare all stipends, fellowships, grants etc. she/he receives from other sources to the coordination office. Students who obtain a full scholarship (600 Euros or more) from other sources (e.g. government, home university, DAAD, companies, etc.) will not receive additional funding from the Neuroscience Program.

In addition to basic support and scholarships, students may apply for a loan of up to 250 Euros/month. The loan, together with a moderate interest rate, is paid back by the student within 12 months upon entering the PhD phase of the Neuroscience Program.
Subsequent Years (PhD studies)

Students who qualify for a three-year doctoral project in one of the participating research groups after the first year receive funding of approximately 1100 Euros per month from one of a variety of sources, including individual fellowships, research grants, corporate and foundation funds, or university and departmental funds. For students working on a Master’s thesis, a limited number of projects funded by the respective departments is available.

Application Deadline: January 15 2011

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