The Structure and Aims of VDS CoBeNe

© Tibor Kulcsar

Scientifically, the VDS CoBeNe focus on four independent programs, each identifying a key topic in Cognitive Science and/or Neuroscience.

The programs have been formed bottom-up and are already represented by groups of PIs and PhD candidates who share common interests and expertise in related research topics, and complementary methodologies, often already with joint funded projects.

Each program will have roughly the size of 5-10 PIs, the total number of CoBeNe PhD fellows will be around 50. Some of them also participate in the VBC PhD Programme, thus our mission is aligned with the one of the VBC PhD Programme.



Quality Assurance Measures within the VDS CoBeNe:

  • Standardized PhD recruitment and assessment
  • Transparent monitoring of PhD project progress
  • Joint Supervision through a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) - download here
  • Interdisciplinary research options
  • Financial opportunities through cross-disciplinary seed grants
  • Distinct guidelines - download here

The Strategic Aims of VDS CoBeNe are:

  • to improve standards, optimize quality and efficiency in PhD education
  • to enable exchange of information, transfer of knowledge within and across disciplines
  • to form an internationally recognized critical mass of highly motivated PhD candidates
  • to enhance mobility and networking opportunities
  • to have access to additional funding, e.g. FENS-funded educational support