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Fellowships for Doctoral Students

The IRTG Schizophrenia and Autism is funded by the German Research Council (DFG). A network, comprising of the neuroscience research at the RWTH Aachen University and the Research Center Juelich, provides an international curriculum in English with an obligatory and intense exchange with the University of Pennsylvania.

The participating institutions are: the Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; Neurology; Computer Sciences; and the Institute of Medicine of the Research Center Juelich with the Brain Imaging Center West. These and associated institutions (Linguistics, Neuroradiology, Medical Psychology, Ethics etc.) will host the individual doctoral candidates with joint supervision by a partner in Pennsylvania (Psychiatry, Neurology, Radiology, Biostatistics etc.). Research topics are focused on neuronal mechanisms involved in normal and disturbed emotion processing. The participants of the IRTG will learn and apply advanced brain imaging techniques including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (high-field MRI and fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG), receptor distribution and micro-structural architectonic brain mapping. A rotation program for students, researchers and professors with extensive German-American exchange is central to this IRTG (obligatory and funded are 6-12 months at the University of Pennsylvania).


Fellowships for Medical Students

The IRTG Schizophrenia and Autism also offers fellowships for excellent medical students of the RWTH Aachen University. Doctoral theses matching the research interests of the IRTG 1328 can receive a monthly funding of € 585 for a maximum duration of one year. Research topics are focused on neuronal mechanisms involved in normal and disturbed emotion processing in schizophrenia and autism. In agreement with the supervisors the research activities can take place during the regular study time. Interested students should feel encouraged to submit an application.

Undergraduate Research Programs

The IRTG also offers the opportunity of a funded research internship for undergraduate students from research fields connected to the projects of the Research Training Group (medicine, neuroscience, psychology, biology, physics, informatics, and related fields). The students are able to conduct their own experiment from planning to publication under supervision of IRTG student supervisors and professors. The projects are offered within two major undergraduate research programs: Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE), offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD), and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP), offered by the RWTH Aachen University. Apart from a lucrative scholarship, the undergraduate programs offer a variety of cultural events and language courses.

Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to visit the websites of RISE and UROP and apply for current project offers of the IRTG 1328. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Instructions for application

Please email the following required documents to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  1. application form in pdf or doc format
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. a copy of degree certificate (Diploma / Master) including English translation
  4. English language proficiency test (if available)
  5. two letters of recommendation (one from the supervisor of your master/diploma thesis)
    Referees can send the letter of recommendation directly to the IRTG if preferred.
  6. a short outline about your professional plans for the future
    How do you link to the research topics of this IRTG? Please give also some information about your personal strengths (max. 1 page).


  • Transcripts or degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by English translations.
  • For all languages other than English or German a certified translation will be compulsatory for employment.
  • Applications will only be accepted via EMail. Please attach all necessary documents as pdf- or jpg-files.

For informal enquiries, please contact the program coordinator, Prof. Dr. Ute Habel, at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Prof. Dr. Ute Habel
Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Pauwelsstr. 30
52074 Aachen