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Application - Max Planck School of Cognition

The next round of applications starts on 1 September, 2020 and closes on 1 December, 2020 - i.e. applications and references have to be submitted through our online application portal by then.

For any inquiries please contact Matthias Bolz: Matthias.Bolz@maxplanckschools.de.

Q&A session regarding our program and application procedure

Q&A session regarding our program and application procedure

We offer personal Q&A sessions on our program on various dates. On the following days, we will inform you about the school and its program and answer application-related and other questions.

19:00 CET each (Tuesdays): 15.09., 06.10., 10.11. and 24.11.
13:00 or 15:00 CET each (Wednesday): 16.09., 07.10., 11.11. and 25.11.

Participation is possible after previous registration via clicking on the corresponding link:

15.09. 19:00 CET:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd-GuqDkiGNIEtM0LnnStBjojStQ0fe_b
16.09. 13:00 CET:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrcOyurT4rH9JDo39F0g52siWVQBjJhgsF
 

06.10. 19:00 CET:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYod-6gpj4iHtfBfApvXGeAru_iBpSqhYlB
07.10. 15:00 CET
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvf-yrqTMrGdKdXWJ5xL3pFjzFCBz1IIm6
 

10.11. 19:00 CET:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcoc-yprjkiHdNPgs3hpWVb8Uld6BgY2O4A
11.11. 13:00 CET:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0of-2opj0rGdUiwkksQTEP4cX1DrFuJJBg
 

24.11. 19:00 CET:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtfu2urTsvGNTd6Gu56h2i3FbQeYePHQHt
25.11. 13:00 CET:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf-Grqz0pGNV8AWsdFEFBc95g-4bTkwlo

Afterwards you will receive an e-mail from Zoom with the participation details.

General information on the application procedure

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, biology, (cognitive) neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology, neuroimaging, neurology, neurophysics, philosophy, physics, psychiatry, and psychology.

Your complete application needs 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)
  • 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; please do not contact the potential supervisors ahead of admission to the program; only necessary to identify 3 names of interest in the application)
  • Contact of two referees for recommendation letters (see FAQs 3.5-3.6). Note, the deadline of the application call also applies to the referees
  • Non-native English-speaking applicants must provide evidence of their English language proficiency (see FAQs 1.11-1.12)

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Max Planck School of Cognition drops consideration of GRE scores.

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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