[visionlist] Women's Travel Award 2010 - Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Patrick Wilken pwilken at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 10:24:08 GMT 2010


Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Web:  www.mind-and-brain.de
Email:  admissions at mind-and-brain.de

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is an international research school, 
which was founded in 2006 as part of Germany's Excellence Initiative. 
The School offers a unique three-year interdisciplinary doctoral program 
in English in the mind and brain sciences.

As part of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain's commitment to 
supporting women in science and the humanities, the School is delighted 
to announce a limited number of travel awards for female students who 
are interested in exploring the possibility of doctoral studies at the 

Candidates will be invited to visit the School during the week of the 
1-6 November 2010, and will have ample opportunities to meet with 
faculty and students relevant to their research interests, as well as 
have a chance to view the School's facilities, and to get a better sense 
of city itself. In addition, they will be encouraged to participate in 
Berlin Brain Days (1-3 November 2010), an annual event that brings 
together more than 200 doctoral students from across the neurosciences 
to discuss and present their work with senior international faculty. 
Successful applicants will receive partial reimbursement for travel 
expenses to help defray the costs of their visit.

In order to be eligible for this award you need to meet the basic 
eligibility criteria for applying to the School's doctoral program in 
January 2011 (in particular you need to have completed or be in the 
process of completing a Master's or equivalent degree in an area of 
study relevant to the School). Further details about eligibility 
criteria for study at the School can be found at: 
Applications (and questions) should be made to 
admissions at mind-and-brain.de; please include a short 1-2 page letter of 
application (detailing your background and research interests), your 
academic CV, as well as a maximum of two letters of recommendation.

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2010.

Further details about the School and its program can be found below. We 
look forward to hearing from you soon!


Research within the School focuses on the interface between the 
humanities and the neurosciences. Of particular interest are research 
areas that fall on the borders between the mind sciences (e.g., 
philosophy, linguistics, behavioral and cognitive science, economics), 
and the brain sciences (e.g., neurophysiology, computational 
neuroscience, neurology, and neurobiology). Major topics of research 
within the program include: 'conscious and unconscious perception', 
'decision-making', 'language', 'brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny', 
'mental disorders and brain dysfunction', and the 'philosophy of mind'. 
However, research is not limited to these areas, and students are 
strongly encouraged to develop and work at their own initiative on any 
projects that are relevant to interdisciplinary questions relating to 
mind and brain.

The School accepts eight-to-twelve doctoral candidates into its program 
each year. Here are some excellent reasons why students might wish to be 
considered for one of these highly sought after positions at the Berlin 
School of Mind and Brain:

* The School has a faculty comprised of 60 distinguished researchers, 
including four Max Planck directors, which cover the gamut of research 
within the mind and brain sciences.

* Research within the School is strongly embedded in the basic and 
clinical research conducted within the region allowing for strong 
synergistic research initiatives and opportunities. Hosted by the 
Humboldt University, the School's research program includes scientists 
from the Free University, the Technical University, the Bernstein Center 
for Computational Neuroscience, the Max Planck Institute for Human 
Development (Berlin), the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and 
Brain Sciences (Leipzig), and the nearby universities of Potsdam and 

* Students acquire a strong foundation for interdisciplinary work by 
attending eight one-week classes during the first half of their doctoral 
program, which cover all fields relevant for mind/brain-related 
research, and allow students to explore research methods and topics that 
they have not been previously exposed to. Each doctoral candidate is 
assigned two professorial advisors - one from the brain sciences, one 
from the mind sciences - in order to maximize the interdisciplinary 
impact of their work.

* Students meet with leading international researchers via the School's 
Distinguished Lecture Series, interactions with its senior visiting 
faculty, as well as by attending international workshops and meetings. 
As part of the School's commitment to maximizing students' research 
opportunities, the School also encourages and provides assistance for 
students to spend time studying and conducting research abroad during 
the course of their doctoral candidacy.

* Extensive practical services to international doctoral candidates are 
available, including assistance with visa applications, matriculation, 
health insurance, local authorities, scientific soft skill courses, and 
language classes.

Finally, there are good financial reasons for studying at the Berlin 
School of Mind and Brain:

* There are no tuition fees associated with the program.

* Administrative fees are very low. Administrative fees for attending 
the Humboldt University come to only approximately 250 Euros per semester.

* The School offers generous scholarships to the best applicants. 
Students who were not successful in winning one of the school's own 
scholarships will receive support in obtaining alternative sources of 
funding (e.g. a research post within a university department or with one 
of the School's research groups, or help in finding alternative funding 
sources for a scholarship).

Recent progress in the neurosciences has opened up new and exciting 
avenues for research that raise challenging conceptual and ethical 
questions calling for an interdisciplinary approach. The Berlin School 
of Mind and Brain offers a unique research and training environment for 
doctoral candidates to work at this exciting interface between the 
sciences and the humanities.


Patrick Wilken, PhD

Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Luisenstraße 56
D-10099 Berlin


My book:
The Oxford Companion to Consciousness

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