Doctoral Program

In addition to the masters programs, the GTC also offers a subsequent doctoral program that provides supplementary training specifically designed for the more than 200 doctoral students and their diverse neuroscience research focuses (see: ‘Courses’). Applicants for the doctoral program should have a strong background in natural sciences and hold at least an M.D. or Masters degree. After successful graduation from our doctoral program, the degree ‘Dr.rer.nat. in Neuroscience’ will be awarded.

Doctoral students are generally funded through research grants of their institution or by scholarships provided by charitable foundations or the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD.  While the GTC itself does not provide scholarships to cover living expenses, it does provide financial support to attend scientific meetings or summer schools, for example.

Students pursuing a doctoral degree can apply throughout the year - there are no firm application deadlines (see: ‘Application – Doctoral Program’). However, before applying to the GTC, graduate students have to have an offer for a doctoral position from a Tübingen neuroscience lab.

The doctoral program of the GTC is associated with the local Max-Planck-Institutes and has the status of an ‘International Max Planck Research School’ (see: ‘About GTC - IMPRS’).

For further information on the GTCs doctoral program, please check out the Guidelines for Prospective & Active Doctoral Students’.