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The Max Planck School of Cognition invites applications from exceedingly bright students with strong academic experience in areas related to cognition such as artificial intelligence, (cognitive) neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology, neurology, philosophy, psychiatry, and psychology.

Online information session regarding our PhD program

We offer three dates for an online chat with us where all your questions regarding our PhD program will be answered. Here are the dates and times:

September 26, November 7, and November 14, at 10am CET and 6pm CET each day.

We are looking forward to you and your questions!

Please register here:


Application call is now open!

Application call is now open!

The application call for the academic year 2020/21 is now open (till December 8, 2019). The new cycle will start in September 2020.

Apply here

Your application documents need to be submitted through our online application portal. Please prepare the following documents:

  • Certificates or proof of current enrollment (B.S. and / or M.S.) (see FAQs 1.3-1.5)
  • Official transcripts with explicit grade where applicable, and if available course descriptions detailing the content of courses you have completed (see FAQs 3.3-3.4)
  • Your high school diploma
  • Copy of your passport / identity card
  • Academic curriculum vitae (see FAQ 3.1)
  • Personal statement (see FAQ 2.2)
  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE): General test is highly recommended (see FAQs 1.7-1.10), but not a prerequisite to apply
  • Names of four preferred fellows from the Max Planck School of Cognition for your lab rotations during the orientation year (1st year). You may also choose (ONE) faculty from our Associated Researchers
  • Names of three potential supervisors from the Max Planck School of Cognition Fellows for your doctoral phase (2nd - 4th years)
  • Contact of two referees for recommendation letters (see FAQs 3.5-3.6)
  • Non-native English-speaking applicants must provide evidence of their English language proficiency (see FAQs 1.11-1.12)

The Max Planck School of Cognition wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly encouraged. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck School of Cognition also especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications.

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