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International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP)


An international PhD programme on the neural bases of behavior.

The INDP aims to provide students of diverse backgrounds with a foundation to perform innovative and interdisciplinary work in basic or applied neuroscience at an international level. The Programme is hosted at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, a leading centre for research, technology and clinical care.


Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is important. Previous research experience is also desirable but not required. Applicants should have a Masters degree and/or a 4+ year undergraduate degree.


The INDP is associated to the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP), comprising fifteen research groups with a focus on the neural circuits and systems underlying mind and behaviour. Before beginning research on a thesis project, admitted students will complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform summer rotations in CNP laboratories. Courses are led by distinguished local and invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include molecular & cellular biology, ecology & evolution, neurophysiology & neuroanatomy, learning & development, sensory & motor systems, and computational & cognitive neuroscience, and all courses have a practical component comprising exercises, small projects, and experimental work in the INDP dedicated teaching laboratory. The overall format emphasizes participation, team-work and informal interaction in both classroom and laboratory.


The INDP is supported by funding from the Champalimaud Foundation and the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia,FCT). Full tuition and stipend to perform courses and thesis work will be ensured for successful applicants of all nationalities for a period of 4 years.