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International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP)

An international PhD programme on the neural bases of behaviour.

Director: Joe Paton

Education Committee: Eugenia Chiappe, Joe Paton

Coordinator: Thiago Carvalho 

Managers: Simone Zacarias, Maria Teresa Dias

The INDP provides students with a broad and integrative education in neuroscience with a focus on the neuronal and circuit basis of behaviour. A central goal of the programme is to foster and encourage active participation, independence and critical thinking on the part of the students. INDP students come from all over the world and from a range of backgrounds, including the life sciences, physics, psychology, mathematics and computational sciences

During the first year of this four-year programme, students attend courses that cover basic topics in contemporary biology and neuroscience. The courses have a strong practical component, which includes a variety of experimental preparations. During this year, students also perform laboratory rotations, which allow them to familiarize themselves with the research done in the different labs and help them with selecting the lab where they will conduct their doctoral research. Students are followed by a thesis committee which monitors their progress and provides input throughout their graduate education. The INDP is an accredited graduate program, with degrees granted by one of our two academic partners, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada.

PhD students enjoy a vibrant academic environment at Champalimaud, with a weekly schedule of both internal and guest seminars, as well as access to a wide range of meetings and workshops. INDP students also have the opportunity and funding to organize their own advanced courses, as well as an Annual Retreat.