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NeuroTech Training Program

Students bringing emerging technologies to advance neuroscience discovery and human health

Passion for improving human health. Skills in a technical field. Interest in the neurosciences.

The NeuroTech training program draws Stanford graduate students from the technical disciplines of engineering, computer science, statistics, applied physics and physics into the emerging world of neurotechnology. As a NeuroTech trainee, you will spend three years immersed in coursework, research, seminars and travel opportunities designed to introduce you to the unique questions and challenges facing the field of neuroscience, so you can apply your technical skills to advancing neuroscience discovery and human health. Working together with faculty mentors and fellow trainees, NeuroTech students prepare to tackle these challenges and to become leaders in the emerging field of neurotechnology.

“Technology advances have revolutionized how we study the nervous system and how we treat brain disorders. We fully expect this trend to continue, and our training program is focused on bringing top talent from engineering, physics and other technical disciplines into neuroscience to make this future possible."

— E.J. Chichilnisky, co-Director, Center for Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology

E.J. Chichilnisky, NeuroTech, Center for Mind Brain Computation and Technology

Your NeuroTech experience

Your NeuroTech experience can begin as early as fall quarter in the first year of your PhD with the Experimental Immersion in Neuroscience course, where you can to discover — hands-on — whether neurotechnology research fits your skills and passions. Then, after applying to the NeuroTech program in the spring of your first or second year, your NeuroTech training will begin in the next year of your PhD, and continue for three years. As a trainee, you will:

  • work with your faculty mentors to design a course of study best suited to your academic, professional and personal goals,
  • engage in NeuroTech training seminars to practice scientific, communication, leadership, business and interpersonal skills,
  • have the opportunity to explore internships in academia or industry,
  • and more!
NeuroTech training program, Center for Mind Brain Computation Technology

Diversity and inclusion

One of the primary goals of the NeuroTech training program is to support diversity among researchers in the neurosciences. We encourage all interested students to apply, and particularly encourage women, underrepresented minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to submit an application. We are committed to supporting the success of students from all backgrounds through a combination of mentorship and community building, and a commitment to aiding trainees in developing the skills needed to succeed in academia and industry. This includes providing opportunities for all students to learn more about both the obstacles that certain communities face, and about the value of inclusive and diverse collaborations.

Stanford diversity programs

Stanford has several programs to support newly admitted PhD students from underrepresented backgrounds, including the ADVANCE Summer Institute and the EDGE Doctoral Fellows Program. These programs help students develop skills and establish communities that can help them thrive at Stanford and beyond. Please contact mbct-center@stanford.edu if you would like additional information.

NeuroTech training program, Center for Mind Brain Computation and Technology

Trainee support

Mentorship

NeuroTech trainees choose primary and secondary research mentors who are from different but complementary fields to guide their research, and receive additional guidance and support from a dedicated NeuroTech faculty mentor. Each year as a trainee, you will work with your mentors to create or revise your individualized training plan in order to best address your particular research, career and personal goals.

Financial support

Over the course of their three years in the program, all trainees in good standing are eligible to use their NeuroTech Research and Travel fund of $7,500, of which up to $3,000 can be used to support their research, and up to $4,500 can be used to support travel to conferences or workshops. In addition, up to three trainees each year will receive a NeuroTech fellowship, granting them full financial support, including tuition, fees and stipend for their first two years in the NeuroTech program. Trainees must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents in order to be eligible for a fellowship.

To remain in good standing, trainees must submit an annual progress report that documents their progress toward completion of all program elements and demonstrates their commitment to the training, research and engagement aspects of the program.

Application

The 2019 NeuroTech application period is now closed.

The NeuroTech graduate training program is only available to students who have already begun their PhD program at Stanford. If you are not currently a Stanford student, please follow the normal application procedures for the PhD program of your choice, and consider joining the Center for Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology’s mailing list to learn more about seminars, symposia and other events. 

To sign up for the mailing list to be notified about NeuroTech program updates, please email mbct-center@stanford.edu.