Berlin School of Mind and Brain

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The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is an international, English-language research school based at HU Berlin. Founded in 2006 as part of Germany’s Excellence Initiative, it offers a unique interdisciplinary three-year doctoral program in the mind/brain sciences. An interdisciplinary two-year master's program “Mind and Brain” is part of the school’s education and training portfolio.


Of particular interest are research questions that fall on the borders between the mind sciences (e.g. philosophy, behavioral and cognitive psychology, linguistics) and the brain sciences (e.g. neurology, psychiatry, neurobiology, computational neuroscience): attention, perception, and consciousness; decision-making; language; lifespan development; mental disorders and brain dysfunction; social cognition; and the philosophy of mind.

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to work on their own initiative on projects that are relevant to interdisciplinary questions relating to these research topics. All doctoral candidates acquire a strong foundation for interdisciplinary work by attending classes across the participating disciplines and exploring research methods and topics to which they have not been previously exposed.

The school has a faculty comprising 60 distinguished professors, 65 active doctoral candidates, 100 doctoral alumni, and cohorts of 45 master’s students per year.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin programme, Prof. Dr Michael Pauen, Prof. Dr Arno Villringer, Annette Winkelmann

Berlin School of Mind and Brain, mind sciences, brain sciences, linguistics

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Coordinator: Annette Winkelmann
HU Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 2093-89750
Deadlines: 15th January of each year
Places: 10-15 per year
Scholarships: 5-7 per year