Graduate Studentship Program

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The Graduate Studentship 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.

There is currently an open call for the Computational Neuroscience stream of the Graduate Studentship Program, with a submission deadline of February 1, 2022. Prospective graduate students interested in applying to the computational neuroscience stream should refer to the BrainsCAN Computational Graduate Studentship Program.

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.


Contact Information

The program co-chairs are Drs. Jessica Grahn and Marieke Mur. For administrative questions please contact BrainsCAN (brainscan@uwo.ca).