FAQ

All applications for the Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program must be submitted online at the Brown Graduate School website. Candidates interested in applying for the Brown-NIH Partnership Program must complete an online application at the NIH Graduate Partnership Program website.

Any material that cannot be submitted online should be mailed to:

Brown University Graduate School

Box 1867

47 George Street

Providence, RI 02912 

All applications materials must be submitted by the date posted on the Neuroscience Graduate Program website, usually December 1st.

The application fee is $75. However, US Citizens or permanent residents who can demonstrate either financial need or participation in certain specialized programs may apply for an application waiver.

Applicants are recommended to submit scores for the general aptitude sections of the Graduate Record Examination; however, these scores are not required. Foreign students must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

The GRE reporting code for Brown University is 3094 and the Neuroscience Department code for Neuroscience is 0213. The TOEFL reporting code for Brown University is 3094 and the Neuroscience Department code is 30

Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in a component discipline of neuroscience such as biology, psychology, neurobiology, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, engineering, or computer science. However, the Program does not have any specific course requirements for successful admission.

All graduate students are fully supported during their time in graduate school. No forms for requesting financial support need to be submitted.

A subset of applicants are invited to interview at Brown University in late February. This visit allows candidates to meet the Program faculty trainers, see our research facilities, and interact with current graduate students. Applicants are selected for interview by the Admissions Committee.

Admission decisions begin rolling out in early March.

Target enrollment for the Program is 10 to 12 students.

On average, Neuroscience graduate students at Brown University complete their thesis work in 5.3 years.

Our students will receive a competitive stipend, tuition, health insurance, and health services fee. Students also receive a one-time transitional stipend at the beginning of graduate study to help defray the cost of moving to Providence and transitioning to Brown.

All Neuroscience graduate students attend conferences each year. Financial support comes from the Neuroscience Graduate Program, as well as the Division of Biology and Medicine.

Health insurance is covered by the program and Brown University. The health insurance benefits are described on the Office of Insurance website.

Please see the coursework page for details.

A laboratory rotation usually consists of a one semester research project under the supervision of a Program faculty advisor. Lab rotations allow students to experience the scientific research, environment, and mentorship style in several labs before joining a particular lab for their thesis work. Students are usually required to complete two lab rotations in their first year.

Typically, graduate students select their Thesis Advisor prior to the start of their second year of study. Only approved faculty trainers in the Neuroscience Graduate Program can serve as thesis advisors. New faculty members can be added to the list of approved trainers after review by the Steering Committee.

Neuroscience Graduate Program students serve as teaching assistants for one semester in their second year. This teaching requirement ensures that students understand the importance of, and challenges associated with, teaching in the academic setting. Students interested in additional teaching experience may enhance their teaching capabilities by joining activities sponsored by Brown University’s Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.