Ph.D. Program in Computational Neuroscience Registration Information

Information for international students (For Israeli students click here)

Registration Information

Deadline for applications: February 05, 2019

Eligible candidates are those with a record of academic excellence (having completed their bachelor’s degree with an average grade of 85 or equivalent); students with M.Sc. degrees that meet the requirements of the university for acceptance to the doctoral program; and students that come from the fields of life sciences, mathematics, social sciences, engineering, and medicine. Each year, the program’s admissions committee accepts the best candidates for the program.

The application deadline is in the winter for admission the following year, and applicants are notified of the committee’s decision in the spring.

Late applications may be considered.

PhD students in Jerusalem
Ph.D students at ELSC computer facility. Photo: Abir Sultan

The Program

The Program is composed of formal course work and research. The curriculum has three parts:

  • Supplementary Required Courses - the admissions committee provides an individualized list of prerequisites to each student based on their prior background. Students take these courses during the first semester.
  • Required Courses - mandatory courses in advanced physiology, modeling, and psychology are held during the second and third semesters.
  • Elective Courses - students may choose from a variety of courses offered by the Program or by other graduate programs at the Hebrew University. Students normally complete the coursework in four semesters.

Students also complete a Ph.D. thesis according to guidelines set by the Hebrew University Committee for Graduate Programs. These projects are often interdisciplinary, offering students the unique opportunity to work in conjunction with two different labs. Research usually takes 3 years before the Ph.D. thesis is ready to be submitted.

More information about program of studies

Application and Financial Aid (for international students)

Candidates should send the following documents using the electronic registration form at

  1. Current CV
  2. One-page statement of scientific interests and objectives
  3. Two or more letters of recommendation
  4. Official transcripts from each university attended
  5. Proof of English proficiency (required only for non-native speakers of English). The minimum requirements are 80 points (TOEFL iBT), 213 points (TOEFL CBT), 550 points (TOEFL paper), 6.5 points (IELTS), grade C (ESOL).

Candidates who pass the initial screening will be requested to register at the office of overseas students of the Hebrew University. The registration fee is $110. Note that registration does not ensure acceptance to the program. Candidates will be interviewed remotely by the program selection committee. Successful candidates will be invited for a personal interview.

Accepted students are entitled to the following support:

1. Full tuition support for five years of their Doctoral studies.
2. Fellowship payment for living expenses of approx. $1600 per month, until completion of the first 2 years of studies.
3. The payments for the next three years of studies will resume after acceptance to the first Phase of the Doctoral Program, set by the Authority of Research Students,
(usually after the first two years of studies, depending on the student's academic achievements). The exact amount of the fellowship will not be less than the amountof the first two years, and will be determined jointly by the student’s advisor and ELSC.
4. Dorm accommodations during the first two years of studies.
5. ​Health insurance for the first two years of studies.


Application for Israeli students

For further information:

Ms. Nili Vershov, Ph.D. Program coordinator (

The Hebrew University:


last updated: 13/12/2018