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How to apply to the GSN

The application period within the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences for entry in Fall 2018 is now open.

Deadline for submission of applications: February 15th, 2018 at 12:00 (noon) CET.

Deadline for submission of recommendation letters: February 21st, 2018 at 12:00 (noon) CET.

We look forward to your application!

Fill in your online application here!


A few things to keep in mind in preparation of your application:

Be sure to check your program eligibility before starting your application!

Please note that we will only consider applications and corresponding documentation submitted during the application phase (December 1st - February 15th) to our online application site.

The GSN does not charge an application fee.

Language Requirements:

English is the Lingua franca of the program, and thus a good command of English is required for participation.

Non-native English speakers should demonstrate adequate knowledge of the English language during the interviews in Munich, however the submission of English language proficiency test is not required.

Required documents for application:

1. Completed online application form (only available during the application period). Your completed online application form must be submitted by 12 o'clock noon CET on February 15th at the latest. You may save changes to your application before submitting.

You will need to have the following documents prepared for upload as PDF / scanned documents:

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Official transcripts / records of study: detailed documentation of your academic work (list of courses attended; grades if applicable)
  • Diplomas: certificates of relevant examinations (e.g. Bachelor's or Master's degree, plus relevant intermediate exams)
  • Motivation statement (check here the exact format)
  • Research experience exposé (max. length 2,000 characters) - describing all research experience which you consider relevant for us to know - mandatory for all PhD applicants, except those in Neurophilosophy: Extra document requirements for neurophilosophy applicants

Please note that the research experience exposé is NOT about listing the methods used in your research, as a special field for methods listing has been established in the online application tool.

2. Two separate letters of recommendation (deadline: 12:00 (noon) CET on February 21st!)

Letters of recommendation need to be submitted by the referee him or herself.

On the online application form, you will have to fill in the referee contact tabs and follow the instructions to authorize the coordination office to invite the referee to submit his/her letter of recommendation electronically, on your behalf.

Your referees will need to fill in a an evaluation form as well as a recommendation letter.

Please be aware that your application can only be processed after we have received both letters of recommendation. Therefore, please make sure that your referees have enough time to submit recommendations by the deadline (12:00 (noon) CET on February 21st).

General questions and inquiries should be sent to

Please note only applicants who have submitted the online application form along with all required documents will be considered for admission!

Selection Process

  • Stage 1: selection procedure, the documents supplied by each applicant and respective referees will first be reviewed.
  • Stage 2: especially promising young scientists will be invited to Munich for one week to have personal interviews with 3-4 members of the GSN faculty, and to get acquainted further with the GSN, the university, and Munich as a city (all travel, accommodation, etc. costs covered by the GSN).

More details about the interview week will be sent per email for the selected candidates.

Timeline for the application round 2017:

  • December 1, 2017: Beginning of the application round for 2017, opening of the GSN online application system
  • February 15, 2018: Application deadline, closure of the GSN online application system
  • February 21, 2018: Deadline for submission of recommendation letters
  • latest by April 6, 2018: Invitations to interviews in Munich
  • May 3-8, 2018: Interviews in Munich
  • until End of May 2018: Final decisions
  • October 1, 2018: Start of the Master / PhD program

As interviews will take place in Munich in early May, please make sure to check with your local German embassy in advance concerning visa applications. For initial details see our visa information page.

Please contact us for further questions, we are happy to help you!