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Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin – PhD Fellowships

The ECN in collaboration with its member institutions promotes cutting-edge neuroscientific research within a wide range of disciplines following different approaches. The ECN provides the umbrella structure that specifically fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research by facilitating cooperation between these institutions, and by promoting interaction on all levels.

With over 120 internationally recognized research groups, the ECN offers outstanding interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for national and international scientists, with research spanning from synapse to behavior, molecule to disease, and brain to mind.

With annual calls for application, the ECN will finance a the finding and start phase of PhD research project for one year. All selected PhD students have the opportunity to undertake up to three small rotation projects (i.e. at least two months each) in different labs before the start of the research work to make an informed choice about their final PhD lab.

If you are interested in applying for our program, please have a look on our website subsection ‘How to apply‘ and the FAQs. If your question(s) are not answered in the FAQ section please send us an email to We will be happy to answer your queries!

How to apply

To start your application during the next application phase (December 1st, 2022 until January 15th, 2023; 11:59 p.m. CET) please use our online application platform. Follow the instructions on the platform. If you have questions, please go to our FAQ page. If your questions are not answered on this page please send an email to

Please note that due to public holidays in Germany our office will not be occupied between December 23rd, 2022 and January 3rd, 2023. Emails received between these two dates will be only answered irregularly.

After our virtual Selection Symposium (planned on March 28th/29th, 2023), the ECN admissions committee will come together to evaluate the candidates and decide on offers. We aim to send the admission emails one week after the symposium. If you are selected, you will then have three weeks to decide whether or not you accept our offer. We hope to finish the selection process and have our final, definite candidates by the end of April 2023.

We will then look forward to seeing you in fall 2023!

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