BIGS Neuroscience

Welcome to the Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience. BIGS Neuroscience offers a structured 3-year PhD in a top-level, internationally competitive program. The school takes an interdisciplinary approach to this rapidly developing field, focused on understanding the molecular and cellular processes underlying complex behavior as well as studying disorders of the central nervous system to discover their mechanisms and develop new treatments. Our affiliated scientists come from the Faculties of Medicine, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Arts of the University of Bonn, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases within the Helmholtz Association (DZNE), and the Max Planck Society’s Caesar Research Institute.

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Teaching program

BIGS Neuroscience offers a competitive excellent training in innovative technologies, indispensable soft skills, mentoring, and comprehensive measures for career development in the fascinating and exciting field of neuroscience. We educate our students to make meaningful contributions to innovative and future-oriented neurosciences. Since all instruction is in English, enrolment in the program requires English language proficiency at an advanced level.

Admissions Info

We are delighted that you are interested in joining our international and structured PhD program at the University of Bonn. More than 40 research groups are seeking excellent PhD candidates. The Graduate School is highly interested in international representation and encourages international doctoral candidates to apply. If you are excited about this unique international neuroscience PhD program – APPLY NOW!


Our doctoral students are talented women and men from all over the world. Currently more than 100 doctoral students are enrolled at our graduate school and about 50% of them fortunately come from abroad!
Our Student Council of the BIGS Neuroscience Graduate School consists of seven representative doctoral students. The Student Council is happy to help with any questions you may have about the Graduate School! To find more about each of us – Read more!