Research Summer School 2014: Brain and Behaviour

We are now accepting applications for this programme, please see details below.

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 30th June – 29th August 2014

If you are over 18, have or are in university education and are looking to move into research the Institute of Neuroscience may be able to offer you a place at the Research Summer School 2014.

This summer school includes an nine-week research project with a member of the Institute, as well as introductory training sessions. Scholarships for select undergraduate and postgraduate students are available. Our areas of research span from the basic biology of neurons to the abnormal activity associated with epilepsy, from music perception to mood disorders, from visual object recognition to retinal prostheses for the blind, from animal decision-making to animal welfare, from mitochondrial genetics to neurological disease. This breadth of interests stimulates innovative approaches to our science and provides a wealth of opportunities for exciting new research projects.

We invite applications from national and international undergraduate students, master and doctoral students, and post-docs conducting research in the interdisciplinary fields of:

  • Animal Cognition and Behaviour (including Animal Welfare)
  • Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences
  • Developmental Neuroscience, Ageing and Neurodegeneration
  • Neural Circuits and Neuroimaging
  • Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Motor Control
  • Neuropharmacology and Neurotechnology
  • Psychiatric Neurosciences
  • Visual, Auditory and Sensory Neuroscience

Please note if you have already completed your first degree please contact us before completing the application form.

On your application form you should list 3 members of staff whom you would like to work with. Details of our academic and research staff can be found here. The people you selected should work in areas which match your research interests. The research themes that staff work on can be found here.


Visit undergraduate vacation studentships for more information on available funding. Please note the deadline for International students is Friday 31st January 2014 in order to fulfil visa requirements. Self-funded UK and EU students can apply up until the deadline of Wednesday 30th April 2014. Applications will be forwarded to your preferred host laboratories and places offered at their discretion. Please note:

  • "Self-funded" in this context means you would be able to cover your own expenses while taking part in the Research Summer School
  • The deadline is mainly for administrative purposes, to ensure we can register you in time for the start of the Research Summer School; applications received before the deadline will be forwarded immediately and placements can be offered before the deadline for applications closes. As such, we recommend you send your application as soon as possible.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a place at the Research Summer School please apply via our online application form:  IoN Research Summer School Application Form

In your personal statement you should outline your scientific background, the area(s) of research that you are interested in pursuing and why and the name(s) of the host laboratories you are interested in working in.

Once we have received your personal statement and CV, we will forward this information onto participating academics. Places are not guaranteed and would be dependent on the availability and interests of our academics.

If you have any queries, please contact us on 0191 208 8244 or