There are two Research Training Groups funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) established by the Institute of Cognitive Science to promote early career researchers. The key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research program and a structured training strategy. The aim is to prepare doctoral researchers for the complexities of the job market in science and academics and simultaneously to encourage early scientific independence.
Joint DFG Research Training School on Situated Cognition
The joint Research Training Group (RTG) is based at Ruhr-University Bochum and Osnabrück University. Methodologically, it connects philosophy of mind and cognition with empirical research in cognitive science. The main goal of the RTG is to identify deficits in traditional conceptions of the human mind and to refine and enhance the existing conceptions by drawing on new developments in cognitive science that have not yet made their way into the prevailing philosophical approaches.
Update: The RTG has received prolongation until May 2026 and will be able to work with a third cohort from 2023 onwards.
DFG Research Training Group on Computational Cognition
The Research Training Group on Computational Cognition pursues the re-integration of cognitive science and artificial intelligence. Students in the program are trained in both fields to combine insights from both fields to understand intelligence in humans and machines. Research fields involved in the RTG are Neuroinformatics, Neurobiopsychology, Bio-Inspired Computer Vision, Knowledge-Based Systems, Comparative BioCognition, Cognitive Natural Language Processing & Communication, Cognitive Modeling, Artificial Intelligence, Psycho/Neurolinguistics, Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Computing.