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Think of the Neuroscience Training Program at Johns Hopkins as an expedition, where you will search the frontiers of science for discoveries that explain the inner workings of the brain. Participation in extensive collaborations, access to cutting-edge resources, and exposure to world-class research, await students in our program.

The Neuroscience Training Program and the Neuroscience Department are among the oldest in the United States and date back to 1980. The faculty of the Neuroscience Training Program have trained about 250 Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and 500 postdoctoral fellows over the past ten years. All doctoral candidates receive full tuition remission and a stipend. Currently, 177 doctoral candidates and 200 postdoctoral fellows work in the laboratories of faculty in the Neuroscience Program.

The Training Program addresses the broad areas encompassed by modern neuroscience. The purpose of the Program is to train doctoral students for independent research and teaching in neuroscience. It is the goal of the Program to ensure that candidates for the Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees obtain a background covering molecular/cellular and systems/cognitive approaches to neuroscience, as well as receive training that brings them to the forefront of research in their particular area of interest. 

Our students represent the brightest young scientific minds, and many have shown an early commitment to research. Because they enter our Program with different backgrounds, and the laboratories in which they choose to work are so diverse, our program is designed to be flexible.

Core courses cover the basics of molecular and cellular neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and systems neuroscience. Electives and laboratory rotations provide students with specialized training, and the Department’s long-standing seminar series brings in weekly national and international luminaries, exposing students and fellows to the full spectrum of the world’s best efforts in neuroscience. Faculty in the many departments associated with the Neuroscience program share a commitment to training the next generation of scientists.

Our 35 primary faculty, together with 50 other faculty who have secondary appointments in the Department, offer graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an incomparable neuroscience training experience.  In addition, there is an opportunity for Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Graduate Students to do thesis research in the laboratory of scientists at Janelia Farm, a research campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, located near Leesburg Virginia.

In recognition of this outstanding environment, our graduate program is consistently ranked among the best in the country, and our graduates have gone on to faculty positions at other leading institutions and senior research positions in pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

There has never been a more exciting time in the field of neuroscience. Care to join us?