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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 here the exact format) as part of the online application.

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

The interviewers make the decision, however you can mention your program preference during the interview.

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

We are under no circumstance reviewing documents at the request of potential students 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. 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 in Munich.

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:

Please inform your recommender in advance that a request will be automatically sent soon and ask referee to also look in their Spam folders if they do not receive the email as expected. Should your recommender however not receive the request, 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 Week (4-7 May) will be notified by April 7th at the latest. Please be sure to keep the dates for the Interview Week open in case you are invited to attend. Students invited to attend the Interview Week will receive results approx. 2 weeks later.

Do I have to attend the Interview week?

Yes, the attendance at the Interview Week is mandatory as part of the selection process. However, all costs related to travelling, accommodation, public transportation, etc. for the Interview Week are covered by the GSN.

Do I need to apply for a visa? If so, how should I go about obtaining a visa to come to Germany?

Please note that it is advisable to make initial visa arrangements ahead of time (gather information and required documentation, set an appointment for an interview, etc.), to make sure you can be present in Munich for the Interview Week if you are selected.

The GSN applicant is solely responsible for the visa application process. The GSN Team is however happy to help in providing documents necessary to apply for a visa if you are selected to attend the GSN Interview Week in early May or if you are accepted to the GSN. Read over our visa webpage for more details.

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 only for fast-track students, neurophilosophy research, or special cross-discipline projects. See our funding page for more information.

Do I have to attend the GSN Orientation Week?

The short answer is yes, attendance is required. During the GSN Orientation Week you will not only be provided with essential information regarding your degree program. You will also have the chance to meet your fellow colleagues and important members of the GSN team.