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.

In 2012, an interdisciplinary two-year Master's and a structured postdoctoral program were added to the portfolio. The school thus promotes the scientific development of junior researchers at all career stages.


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 researchers, 45 doctoral candidates, 90 doctoral alumni, 16 post-doctoral fellows, and cohorts of 25-30 master 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

Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen
Prof. Dr. Arno Villringer
Annette Winkelmann
HU Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
+49 (0)30 209 317 06
15th January 2020 // January, July (only with secured funding)
10-15 per year
5-7 per year
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin