Application & Scholarships
If you are interested in registering for the Cognitive Science PhD Program, the first step is to find a professor who is willing to supervise your work and to referee your thesis. With your supervisor you should discuss the topic of your thesis and required resources for your work as well as grant options, job openings, or a scholarship. Please note that there are currently no grants or scholarships available within the Program. Applicants have to find their financial support individually. After you got in contact with your supervisor, you can send a formal application.
Master's degree (or equivalent) in Cognitive Science or a sub-discipline is required. This must include at least basic qualifications in at least two of the following disciplines: artificial intelligence, biology, computer science, (computational) linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, or psychology. (For details see the admission regulations .)
- application form (download doc-version or pdf-version)
- all documents as required in the application form (educational certificates etc.)
- curriculum vitae
- papers published or submitted for publication
- previous theses (Bachelor, Master, etc.)
- names and addresses of two referees
Please send an electronic version of these documents to Gunther Heidemann (email@example.com). Officially authenticated photocopies of certificates will be required on admission.
The application deadlines for the start in the winter semester will be 1st April every year. Late applications may be accepted if there are still open places in the Program.
There are no study fees for PhD students but only an administration fee of appr. 260 € per semester. Students have to provide proof of health insurance upon registration.
Grants / Scholarships
Since there are currently no scholarships available within the Program, applicants have to find their financial support individually. The DAAD website for PhD students https://www.daad.de/deutschland/promotion/en/ may be helpful, also the DAAD scholarship database https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/.