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NeuroTech Application and Eligibility

The 2019 NeuroTech application is now closed.


Prospective applicants must review the eligibility and application information below, and are also strongly encouraged to review the information about both the NeuroTech training program and Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology program to determine which would be most relevant. NeuroTech applicants may also apply to the Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology program, if desired.


Key dates for the 2019 NeuroTech application
Application deadline May 1, 2019, 5 PM (PT)
Notification of award May 24, 2019
Award start date Fall quarter, 2019
Funding period Fall quarter, 2019 through summer quarter, 2022
To apply The 2019 NeuroTech application is now closed


Student applicants

The NeuroTech training program accepts applications from Stanford students in the first or second years of their PhD program. Preferential consideration will be given first-year students, but second-year students are also welcome and encouraged to apply. Applicants must be students in a technical department or program (e.g., Applied Physics, BioEngineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Statistics). If you have any questions about your eligibility for the NeuroTech training program, please do not hesitate to contact

One of the primary goals of the NeuroTech training program is to support diversity among researchers in the neurosciences. We welcome all interested students to apply, and particularly encourage women, underrepresented minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to submit an application.


Applicants may be members of any Stanford laboratory, however their primary research focus must be in neurotechnology — developing or applying cutting-edge technology to produce an advance in experimental neuroscience.

We are happy to give feedback to rotating students who would like to apply to the NeuroTech program in spring of 2020 and want to know whether the research focus they are considering would qualify. If you would like such feedback, please send a one-paragraph explanation of how your research in the given lab would produce an advance in experimental neuroscience to

Faculty mentors

Each applicant must have a primary and a secondary faculty mentor. A student’s secondary mentor should come from a different but complementary field than their primary mentor, so that together the two faculty mentors can guide the applicant’s technical and experimental neuroscience research and training. Students are strongly encouraged to select a secondary mentor who is interested in collaborating with their primary mentor.

The student's primary mentor must be an affiliate of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, and commit to active participation in the NeuroTech program.

NeuroTech Fellowship

In addition to the NeuroTech Research and Travel Fund received by all trainees in the NeuroTech program, the program offers up to three fellowships (covering two years of full financial support, including tuition, fees and stipend) each year to its trainees. Because these fellowships are funded by the National Science Foundation, they are only available to U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents.

This fellowship is financial aid. As such, recipients must inform the NeuroTech program of other fellowships received during the tenure of the NeuroTech award, at which time we reserve the right to make changes to the financial terms of the award. There is no specific work requirement with the NeuroTech fellowship beyond the program requirements, and your sole obligation is to make satisfactory progress toward the doctoral degree.

Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology training program

Any applicant who is not accepted into the NeuroTech program is invited to have their application considered for the Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology training program.


This application is for those who would like to be considered for the NeuroTech training program, and will also be used to select NeuroTech fellowship recipients from among the new trainees. Any applicant who is not awarded a NeuroTech program traineeship may also have their application considered for a spot in the Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology training program.

The 2019 NeuroTech application is now closed.


May 1, 2019, 5 PM (PT)


In addition to basic information about the student applicant and their chosen mentors, the application consists of six further components:

  1. Explanation of fit: Describe why this training program is a good fit for your education and research goals. You are encouraged to consider the interdisciplinary goals of this program, and how your participation in the program will allow you to stretch beyond the traditional boundaries of your PhD program, department or lab. Limit: 2,000 characters.

  2. Your research plan: Explain your primary research question, and describe how you plan to advance understanding of this question by developing or applying cutting-edge technology to produce an advance in experimental neuroscience. You are encouraged to be as specific as possible about your aims and methods, within the character limit. Limit: 3,000 characters.

  3. Your training plan: Explain how you will combine interdisciplinary coursework, travel to conferences or courses, and other learning opportunities (e.g., seminar series, journal clubs, etc.) to stretch beyond your current areas of expertise. You are encouraged to be as specific as possible, and to provide explanation of how your plans relate to your research and career goals (considering both your plan A and plan B career paths). Limit: 3,000 characters (approx. one page).

  4. Your community contribution plan: How you propose to become an active and contributing member of the program’s community. Limit: 2,000 characters.

  5. Role of secondary mentor: Explain how the secondary mentor will help you advance your neurotechnology research, including the ways in which this faculty’s guidance and areas of area of expertise complements and adds to the guidance you will receive from your primary mentor. Limit: 2,000 characters.

  6. Statements of support from both your primary and secondary mentors: Once you discuss your training and research plans and your interest in participating in the NeuroTech program with your primary and secondary advisors, they must complete and sign the Primary Faculty Mentor Statement of Support and Secondary Faculty Mentor Statement of Support forms, which you must submit as part of your application.

PDF icon Primary Mentor Statement of Support

PDF icon Secondary Mentor Statement of Support