PhD Studentship Program

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We are pleased to announce the inaugural “Call for Applications” for the BrainsCAN PhD 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 PhD Studentship Program has been developed to attract the world’s most promising prospective doctoral students in cognitive neuroscience to Western University.

Up to five BrainsCAN PhD 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 PhD student not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Western, and will provide a minimum salary of $35,000 for a maximum of 4 years.

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 doctoral 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.

The application deadline is April 30, 2019. 

Important Resources

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


Contact Information

The program co-chairs are Drs. Stefan Everling and Susanne Schmid. For administrative questions please contact BrainsCAN (