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UCL-NIMH Joint Doctoral Training Program in Neuroscience

Application Process

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the UCL-NIMH Program must submit an online application through the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) central database. The application system opens in August and closes in December. For the application, students should expect to provide information on their academic history, research interest/experiences, references (3), and graduate level test scores. Interested applicants will need to apply through the GPP Application Center.

Students selected for interview will travel to the NIMH in February, where they will meet with their proposed NIH mentors, Program Directors and Selection Committee members. Those who are accepted into the program will be notified in March.; after which they will need to submit an application to the UCL Doctoral School to complete registration. By this time selection of the UCL mentor has been finalized and students will be interviewed again by the mentor and their department’s graduate tutors, if necessary by telephone or Skype. Students should plan to begin work at their NIH laboratory in the summer and then begin their training at UCL in September/October. It is important to note that students will spend at least the first two weeks in London during the fall period to register with their appropriate UCL department.

Unlike most programs, the UCL-NIMH Joint Doctoral Training Program in Neuroscience requires applicants to specify areas of research interest, propose an UCL-NIMH mentor team and provide a 1-2 page research proposal that outlines all of these details before the interview. Competitive applicants will greatly improve their chances of being offered acceptance if they provide a well thought out research plan, identify potential mentors at NIH and UCL, and communicate with these mentors to assure of their interest in supporting the applicants’ graduate research efforts should the applicant be accepted into the program.

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