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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 29, October 24, and November 11, at 10am CET and 6pm CET each day.

We are looking forward to you and your questions!

Please register here:


Next call for applications in Autumn 2019

Next call for applications in Autumn 2019

The next call for applications will be open in September 2019 for the adacemic year 2020/21. The program will then start in September 2020. Information on how to apply will be published on this website.

Your application documents will have to be submitted through our online application portal (link will be available in Autumn 2019). Please prepare the submission of 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 marks, and if available course descriptions detailing the content of the courses you have mastered (see FAQs 3.3-3.4)
  • Your school leaving certificate with marks (see FAQ 1.3)
  • 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)
  • Names of four fellows from the Max Planck School of Cognition with whom you would like to conduct your lab rotations during the orientation year (1st year). If you would like, you can also choose (ONE) from our Associated Researchers
  • Names of three potential supervisors from the Max Planck School of Cognition with whom you would like to work during the doctoral phase (2nd - 4th year)
  • Contact of two referees for recommendation (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 Schools wish to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Schools also especially encourage persons with a disability to submit their applications.

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