Request for Pre-Doctoral Applications
A unique scholarship opportunity now exists for those interested in the intersection of neuroscience with other far reaching fields in the social sciences, humanities and physical sciences. The Neuroscience Scholars Program is a model program with several tracks: Postdoctoral, Predoctoral and Undergraduate. Applicants for this Program must have outstanding academic and scholarly credentials in research, and have shown substantial evidence of independent leadership abilities in a variety of areas. The goal of this program is to foster and train students interested in cross interdisciplinary studies in neuroscience who will eventually become the academic leaders in these fields of study.
September 17, 2010
Applicant Credentials and Training Requirements
Pre-doctoral students with strong academic credentials and interests in developing an
interdisciplinary research thesis that intersects between neuroscience and other research
fields in the social sciences, humanities and physical sciences can apply for these
Years of Application
Students can apply for these scholarships at any time during their PhD training after
they have passed their written or core qualifying examination (for most programs
between year 1 and year 2 of training) as long as they still have to complete at least two
years of graduate studies by the time they are awarded the scholarship.
Two years of full stipend funding at the level of the Graduate Division
of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) will be provided (FY 2010-2011: $25,000).
Additional funds will also be awarded to cover student fees and a research
allowance for travel to an annual meeting and/or research expenses (total $2,000/year).
Course Curriculum Requirement
Students who are awarded these scholarships will have to take all required core
courses and fulfill teaching requirements of their home graduate program. Additional
details of the curriculum will vary for each student based on their academic and research
background, but it is expected that all SPINR Scholars take a minimum of two elective
courses (at least 6 credits total) and a seminar class in the graduate program that
complements their interdisciplinary research dissertation.
Qualifying exam Requirement
SPINR scholars will be required to write a research proposal and pass an oral
qualifying exam to defend the content of their interdisciplinary thesis project before a
committee made up of faculty from their home graduate program and their thesis
Procedures for Application
Applicants must submit the following documents and information to the SPINR
- Curriculum vitae including previous research experience and publications (papers
- Identification of potential co-mentors for the proposed project. There must be at
least 2 co-mentors: a neuroscientist and another faculty in the interdisciplinary
research area outside of traditional neuroscience relevant to the project.
- Letters from each mentor indicating their willingness to support you in the
proposed project. These letters must also indicate that the mentors have the
necessary resources to provide financial support to the scholars at the end of the
- Three letters of recommendation, highlighting your potential for this unique
interdisciplinary program, abilities to function independently and creatively in
- Research Proposal that should comprise the following sections (2-3 pages)
- Specific Aims
- Impact/significance and background of proposed project
- Research Plan
- Key references
- The complete application packet must be submitted electronically by the deadline to:
Yoland Smith, PhD
Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University
- For more information, please, contact Yoland Smith either by email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (404-727-7519)