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The Max Planck School of Cognition

The doctoral program at the Max Planck School of Cognition will offer exceedingly bright students a superior grasp of the different methods and approaches used in the rapidly evolving field of Cognition. We are driven by the passion to better understand human cognition and “mental phenomena” (potentially) occurring in non-biological systems and agents.

The School is comprised of an outstanding and world-renowned cluster of faculty researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds but with overlapping research interests. The researchers come from Max Planck Institutes, universities, Helmholtz Association and Fraunhofer Society.

The program consists of an orientation year (basic courses, lab rotations) followed by three years of research for the doctorate and is fully financed.

Ready to Apply? 
The new application cycle of the Max Planck School of Cognition has started. You can apply for the doctoral program in Cognition as well as the Clinician Scientist Program until December 1st 2022 for intake fall 2023 via our application portal now.
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We offer repeatedly Q&A sessions throughout the application period. Check our application page for dates and links to sign up for the next sessions.

Max Planck Schools

The Max Planck School of Cognition is one of three pilot Max Planck Schools. For more information about this unique and country-wide initiative, please visit the central website.

If you are interested in the details of the graduate program, please have a look here
The Max Planck School of Cognition offers an international four-year doctoral program starting on September 1st each year with a one-year orientation period followed by three years of research for the doctorate (Figure 1). Students can enter the program with a Bachelor’s (fast track) or a Master’s degree.
Please find more information about the people involved in the School here
The coordination team of the Max Planck School of Cognition has offices at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Our School does not have a classical campus. Our students, however, can conduct their doctoral research with one of 46 scientific experts at 29 institutions in 16 cities across Germany, the Netherlands and England. Below you can find more information on who is part of our School.
Considering applying to our program? Click here for further information on the application process and FAQs
The application portal is now open until December 1st 2022. The program starts each year on September 1st. 
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