Training will consist of a practical and a theoretical part.
Practical training will consist of the experimental bench work of the collaborative project for which the student was selected and will be performed in laboratories.
Theoretical training will be made of complementary parts of the PhD teaching program of the partner universities involved in the collaborative project. Moreover, substantial training modules will be organized by the Neurex network. Neurex training modules will include scientific workshops, meetings and Summer Schools.
The mobility plan of the student will include at least two of the European countries represented in the consortium (France, Germany, Netherlands or Switzerland) in which two thirds of the period covered by the fellowship will take place. Each of these mobility periods must be instrumental to the fulfilment of the programme and last for at least six months (cumulative or consecutive).
In third-country full and/or associated partners (India or Israel); if applicable:
- Category A fellowship holders can spend a training/research/ fieldwork period of a maximum duration of one semester (or 6 months, cumulative or consecutive) in these countries; periods in excess of this duration may not be covered by the EMJD fellowship;
- Category B fellowship holders can spend up to one year (cumulative or consecutive) of their doctorate activities in these countries; periods in excess of this duration may not be covered by the EMJD fellowship.
The NeuroTime mobility scheme is defined prior to the student is enrolled, and adjusted when the candidate has been selected if necessary. The time split between the 2 or 3 institutes will be agreed upon by the thesis advisors, based on practical considerations both about the bench work and the theoretical training to be dispensed in each institute.
For collaborations involving the ICNC, the total duration of the PhD will be 4 years, with at least one year consecrated to research at the ICNC.
For each project, information regarding the host institutions can be found for each project:
Host Institution 1 / The Lead Institution: where the candidate will spend most of the time.
This institution is the main responsible university in terms of the implementation of the actual PhD work. In case of selection, this institution is also responsible for the employment of the PhD candidate. This is the HEI at which the candidate will pay his/her registration fees for his/her PhD.
Host Institution 2: where the candidate will spend at least 6 months during the PhD work.
If applicable: Host Institution 3: where the candidate will spend at least a few months during the PhD work.
The Universities of Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Jerusalem and TIFR-deemed University of Bangalore deliver a Joint Degree. The universities of Basel and Freiburg award double PhD Degrees (unless a new agreement about Joint degree is signed before the end of the PhD period). The title of the PhD degree will include the official titles of the respective universities, with the mention “Joint Degree” or “Double degree”.
Progress report and annual meeting
Twice a year, the student will provide a 2-pages research report - Progress report - and a yearly annual meeting will take place for all PhD students.
Doctoral Candidate Agreement
A document called the Doctoral Candidate Agreement - including the Individual Study Plan - will be established and will define the main points of the collaborative training. It will be drawn up for each PhD students enrolled in the program and will define the personalized curriculum together with the thesis co-advisors of each institution. Once clearly specified in the Individual Study Plan, the PhD students will follow an individualized course of study accordingly.
Courses, communication with the Head office and communication in the labs are in English.
A perfect command of English is hence mandatory to follow the program.
While in the different countries, the student is also expected to take courses of local languages.