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FAQs by prospective GSN students

When can I apply?

The GSN application site is open yearly from December 1st through February 15th.

Am I qualified?

Overview of eligibility requirements

Do I need to complete a separate application if I am applying for more than one program?

No. On the online application form you should indicate which program or programs you are applying for. In order for your application to be considered for all selected programs, please make sure you discuss each chosen program in your letter of motivation (check the exact format here) as part of the online application.

I applied for more than one program, who decides to which program I will be admitted?

The interviewers suggest the most fitting program and the final decision is made by the admissions committee, however you can mention your program preference during the interviews.

Can I send my documents to GSN for review before submitting my application?

We cannot review documents at the request of potential students under any circumstances prior to application. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the completeness and accuracy of your documents based on the GSN application requirements.

Do I have to apply online?

The GSN will only review applications submitted to the GSN application site between December 1st and February 15th. Applications through external platforms such as or similar are not possible. Online application instructions

I don't have a TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge etc. language certificate. Can I still apply?

These specific tests are not required. English language proficiency will be tested during the interviews.

I haven't completed my degree yet. May I still apply?

You may apply to our programs if you will complete the final semester of your degree program before our program begins on October 1st.

My Referee has not received the email request to submit a recommendation:

Referees are notified only the moment you submit your application. Please inform your recommender in advance that a request will be automatically sent soon and ask referees to also look in their spam folders if they do not receive the email as expected. Should your recommender however not receive the request after your application submission, please contact us at

Where do I find a full list of all GSN faculty members?

An overview of our GSN faculty is available under the People tab, which may also be viewed either by faculty lab research focus or GSN member status.

When will I receive notification about my application status?

Students invited to attend the GSN Interview Phase will be notified by the end of April. Communication of decisions about refusal or acceptance to the GSN program: by the end of May.

I have already applied to the GSN and was not accepted. May I apply again?

Second time applications will only be considered if significant progress can be demonstrated.

What kind of funding is available for students accepted to the GSN?

Principally, the PhD students in GSN-LMU are financially supported by their supervisors in their working group. This may be via a stipend from different foundations or via employment. The type of funding may vary and is only up to the supervisor to decide. The GSN awards stipends, in exceptional cases only, for fast-track students, neurophilosophy research, or special cross-discipline projects. See our funding page for more information.