Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience


The doctoral Program Computational Neuroscience is part of the International Graduate Program at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN Berlin) involving the three Berlin universities TU, HU, FU, Charité, Universität Potsdam and the Max Delbrück Center.

It is financially supported by the Research Training Group Sensory Computation in Neural Systems which is based at TU Berlin and funded by the German Research Foundation.


The program is interdisciplinary and strongly research-oriented. Understanding the functioning of the brain requires collaboration between neurobiologists, neuro-psychologists, cognitive scientists, medical researchers, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, as well as active cooperation between theoretical and experimental approaches.

Our doctoral candidates learn to communicate across these diverse disciplines and work on highly challenging projects that allow them to make their own contributions to the fast growing field of neuroscience with autonomous research work. Research for the doctoral project forms the major part of the structured program, complemented by course work.

Each doctoral candidate follows an individualized curriculum and is supervised by a doctoral committee. Candidates are required to earn 15 ECTS credit points in advanced topics related to their research subject and 10 ECTS credit points for acquiring general skills.

Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität programme, Prof. Dr Klaus Obermayer, Dr Vanessa Casagrande

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, BCNN Berlin, brain

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Klaus Obermayer
Coordinator: Dr. Robert Martin Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Philippstraße 13, House 6 10115 Berlin
Deadlines: 15th March, 15th September each year
Places: 15 per year
Scholarships: 7 per year