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Direct PhD Track Brain Sciences: Computation and Information Processing

Direct PhD Track
Brain Sciences: Computation and Information Processing

Now Accepting Applications from International Students!
Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2020

For more information: elsc.huji.ac.il/education
E-Mail: [email protected]

General Information

Unraveling the mysteries of the mind and the brain is one of the most fascinating endeavors of the 21st century. At ELSC, we believe that the key to solving this mystery lies in interdisciplinary research, and must therefore combine theoretical, biological and cognitive approaches in neuroscience.

A global leader in computational neuroscience, the Center boasts one of the widest, most diverse academic programs in the field. Our five-year Ph.D. program provides the most promising graduate students with the theoretical and experimental tools required to achieve true interdisciplinary research capabilities. This wide, solid base will allow them to understand how the nervous system efficiently performs a wide variety of functions, including perception and action, learning and memory, thought and creativity.

Direct PhD Track Brain Sciences: Computation and Information Processing

Unique Value Proposition - Why Us?

Our intensive program is anchored in computational neuroscience and includes advanced courses that provide a comprehensive background. These courses include physiology of the nervous system, theoretical neural and cognitive sciences, cognitive psychology, machine learning and information processing, and advanced research methods. Experiencing the various disciplines and gaining access to some of the world’s leading brain researchers and their work, allows students to build their future-facing research paths. Indeed, over the years, a third of our graduates have become independent researchers in the various fields of neuroscience, at leading Israeli and global universities.

The Program Offers

ELSC offers generous five-year stipends, subject to funding regulations (approximately 6,000 NIS per month during first 2 years. Registered doctoral students will receive additional 3 years of doctoral stipends).

Travel Grants:
We provide annual travel grants to ELSC students.

In the first two years of study, we cover all expenses related to registration for and accommodation at the Israeli Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

Direct PhD Track Brain Sciences: Computation and Information Processing

Application Period

Application will begin on December 1st and ends on March 1st.

You may check with the department if it is possible to register after the date above subject to availability.


Full tuition will be granted during the first two years of study, and will be renewed for three additional years after students register for their doctorates.

Structure of the Program

The program conducts studies based on courses in several key areas:

  • Physiology
  • Research Techniques
  • Theoretical Neuroscience
  • Cognition
  • Learning and Information

Course of Study:

First Year
Semester A -> Supplementary courses – according to individual background
Semester B -> Required courses
Second Year
Semester A -> Completion of all required courses
Semester B -> Finding a lab; MSc Seminar
Third Year
Semester A -> Qualification exam and registration as a doctoral student (Stage A)
Forth Year
Completion of 50 credit points
Submission of full research proposal (Stage B)
Fifth Year
Submission of thesis

Direct PhD Track Brain Sciences: Computation and Information Processing

The program's students come from

Israel, United States of America, Germany, France, India, China, Taiwan and Nepal.

Admission and Requirements

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GPA
  • English Proficiency
  • Interview

Career and Networking

40% of ELSC graduates are already professors in the academia worldwide!

Most others in high tech industry.

Contact info for International Students

Email: [email protected]
Dept. website: elsc.huji.ac.il/education

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