Tracks for Ph.D. in Brain Sciences: Computation & Information Processing

1. Direct Track for Ph.D. in Brain Sciences: Computation & Information Processing

Unraveling the mysteries of the mind and brain is one of the most fascinating endeavors of the 21st century. At ELSC, we believe that the key to solving this mystery lies in interdisciplinary research, and researchers therefore must combine theoretical, biological and cognitive approaches in neuroscience.

As a global leader in computational neuroscience, ELSC boasts one of the widest, most diverse academic programs in the field. Our five-year direct Ph.D. program provides the most promising graduate students with the theoretical and experimental tools required to achieve true interdisciplinary research capabilities. This wide, solid base endows them with the skills to investigate how the nervous system efficiently performs a wide variety of functions, including perception and action, learning and memory, thought and creativity.

Our intensive program is anchored in computational neuroscience and includes advanced courses that provide a comprehensive background in the different aspects of brain sciences. These courses include physiology of the nervous system; theoretical, neural and cognitive sciences; cognitive psychology; machine learning and information processing; and advanced research methods. By experiencing the various disciplines and gaining access to some of the world’s leading brain researchers and their work, students can begin to build their future research paths. Remarkably, a third of the ELSC Ph.D. program graduates have gone on to become independent researchers in the various fields of neuroscience at leading universities both in Israel and around the globe.

The ELSC Ph.D. program is international, welcoming students from all over the world, and as such all classes and scientific activities are conducted in English. The first three semesters of the program are dedicated to core courses. Afterwards, students join research labs and engage in thesis research that comprises the bulk of the program. Simultaneously, students complete a personalized program of required and elective courses that allows them to meet the necessary doctoral requirements. Throughout their studies, students enjoy generous scholarships and travel fellowships, and are encouraged to participate in international conferences and visit relevant research centers around the world.

2. Ph.D. Track in Brain Sciences: Computation & Information Processing

This track is available throughout the academic year for candidates who hold a master’s degree and who have met the following conditions:

  • Completed a master’s degree with thesis grade higher than 85.
  • Obtained the written consent of an ELSC member as the doctoral advisor.


Under these conditions, candidates are welcome to submit their application, consisting of the following items:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Bio and motivation letter (one page)
  • Grade transcripts and diplomas
  • Invitation letter from an ELSC member
  • Recommendation letters (the recommenders can send it to study@elsc.huji.ac.il)

These items should be combined into one PDF and sent to study@elsc.huji.ac.il.

The ELSC teaching committee will review the application, and will take into consideration the candidate’s academic background.

Accepted candidates must complete the Ph.D. track’s prerequisite courses within two years. (The ELSC teaching committee, in consultation with the accepted candidate’s advisor, will determine which courses the accepted candidate must take.) In the third year, the accepted candidate must register as a research student at the university’s Authority for Research Students. 

Scholarships in this track are the responsibility  of the advisor. The ELSC Ph.D. program provides no scholarships for this track.

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