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Note that applications for this round of the Graduate Studentship Program are now closed

We are pleased to announce the “Call for Applications” for the BrainsCAN Graduate Studentship Program. This program is part of Western’s $66M BrainsCAN initiative, supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The CFREF investment is intended to enable researchers at the University, along with their national and international academic and commercial partners, to seek answers to fundamental questions regarding how we learn, think, move and communicate.

Recruiting the next generation of neuroscience researchers is a key aim of BrainsCAN. The BrainsCAN Graduate Studentship Program has been developed to attract the world’s most promising prospective master’s and doctoral students in cognitive neuroscience to Western University.

Up to five BrainsCAN Graduate Studentships will be awarded in this competition to highly qualified individuals pursuing a collaborative research project in cognitive neuroscience. This Studentship is open to any prospective graduate student not currently, or previously, enrolled in a graduate program at Western, and will provide a minimum salary of $25,000 for 2 years for master’s students, and $35,000 for 3 years for doctoral students.

Already ranked amongst the best in the world in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, Western researchers employ cognitive, computational, clinical, and translational approaches to understand and intervene in brain function. Our graduate students will have access to BrainsCAN-supported core facilities for neuroimaging; for studying human cognition, behaviour and sensorimotor control; for development and use of computational methods; and for establishing and exploring rodent and nonhuman primate models of cognition and behaviour. Skilled staff within these cores support state-of-the-art technical equipment including research-only MRI systems (3T, 7T, and 9.4T), laboratories for cognitive, behavioural, and electrophysiological testing in humans and animal models, advanced molecular techniques, a sleep laboratory, and access to a variety of neurological patient populations in affiliated teaching hospitals.

Applicants must identify and contact potential advisors at Western before applying. An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, involving more than one lab is a requirement for application. Lastly, it is strongly recommended that all potential applicants review Western’s Graduate School Admission procedures and academic calendar prior to preparing their application.

Prospective graduate students interested in Computational Neuroscience should also refer to the BrainsCAN Computational Graduate Studentship Stream


The Program is chaired by Dr Marieke Mur and Dr Jessica Grahn. Following administrative review for completeness, the application’s fit to BrainsCAN’s mandate is evaluated by the BrainsCAN HQP committee referencing the BrainsCAN steering document. Each application is reviewed by 3 committee members. Where the reviewers are not unanimous, the application is sent to the full committee where the majority result is used. All applications deemed to fit BrainsCAN’s mandate are sent to SGPS where an arm’s length review panel, with at least 1 external (to Western) member, is formed. This panel reviews the applications based on the criteria and weighting in the Program Guidelines, and provides scores and funding recommendations to the program chairs and BrainsCAN Executive Committee (EC). In a blinded fashion, these recommendations are reviewed and ratified by the EC in consultation with the program chairs.

Important Resources

  1. Program Guidelines
  2. Application Forms
    1. Appendix A: CV Requirements
  3. BrainsCAN Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey
  4. BrainsCAN Alignment/Steering Document

Contact Information

For administrative questions please contact BrainsCAN (