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International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme

The INDP - International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme - aims to provide students of diverse backgrounds with a foundation to perform innovative and interdisciplinary work in basic or applied neuroscience at an international level. The INDP is associated to the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP), comprising fifteen research groups with a focus on the neural circuits and systems underlying mind and behaviour.

Before beginning research on a thesis project, admitted students complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform summer rotations in CNP laboratories. Courses are led by distinguished local and invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include molecular & cellular biology, ecology & evolution, neurophysiology & neuroanatomy, learning & development, sensory & motor systems, and computational & cognitive neuroscience, and all courses have a practical component comprising exercises, small projects, and experimental work in the INDP dedicated teaching laboratory. The overall format emphasises participation, team-work and informal interaction in both classroom and laboratory.

The INDP is supported by funding from the Champalimaud Foundation and the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT).