Selection Process

Phase 1: Exceptional candidates chosen by the Selection Committee based on their online application materials will be shortlisted to have a video interview in January.

Phase 2: Successful candidates will be invited to attend a Selection Symposium. The next Selection Symposia will be in Bonn (Germany) and Florida (US) in January – February 2021. You will be invited to one of them depending on where you apply. The format for the 2-day symposium is:

  1. Poster Sessions – poster presentation sessions with candidates and Selection Committee members explaining candidate’s prior research project
  2. Selection Interviews – individual interviews with members of the Selection Committee
  3. Matching Interviews – individual interviews with mentoring Principal Investigators (PIs) who have PhD positions available in their labs.

During breaks, applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their previous research experience and future research interests with committee members and faculty who have available positions.  Time is allocated in the evenings for informal interactions with committee members, applicants, and faculty over dinner.  On the second evening, current IMPRS students will host an evening with the applicants.  See sample schedule from 2019 Selection Symposium here.

The Selection Committee decides on eligibility for admission to the IMPRS for Brain and Behavior program and will announce decisions by email shortly after the meeting.  The positions must start no later than 6 months after the Selection Symposium.

We will support any necessary visa application and reimburse approved travel expenses.

Important: Acceptance into our graduate school is based upon (1) the decision of the Selection Committee that an applicant is qualified for admission, (2) a successful match with an IMPRS mentoring PI, and (3) meeting the matriculation requirements of the partner university.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Selection Symposia might have to be scheduled as virtual events. International travel and visa restrictions are constantly being monitored and an appropriate decision will be made in due time.