Applications for the ZENITH PhD program will close on January 5th, 2020. Final decision: March 2020. Students will begin their PhD contract between April and September 2020.
Andy Prendergast and Alex Parrin. "Theory is my best guess." R. Feynman.

The ZENITH graduate programme will train 15 students in cutting-edge systems neuroscience. Students will undertake interdisciplinary research projects along with advanced workshops, scientific symposia and opportunities for industrial placements.

The three-year program is fully funded by ZENITH and will lead to the award of a PhD in Neuroscience by the relevant partner University (associated with the primary project supervisor). Working language throughout the programme is English.

Training will be overseen by the graduate program coordinator, Claire Wyart from ICM, Paris and all ZENITH group leaders.

Credit: Kristen Severi & Claire Wyart. "Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." R. Feynman.

Eligibility Criteria

ZENITH is keen to attract students from diverse backgrounds including Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Applicants should note the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicants may be of any nationality.

  2. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant scientific field.

  3. Mobility Rule: Students must apply to a host institution in a country where they have not lived, worked or studied for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the start of the programme (September 2020). In most cases this will mean students move to a different country from that in which they carried out their bachelor’s or master’s degree.

  4. Students who have started research, must have less than 4 years of research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment by the host organisation.

  5. Applicants should express their preferences for 3 ZENITH projects.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to principal investigators to discuss eligibility and projects.

Credit: Martin Carbó-Tano & Claire Wyart. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." A. Einstein.


  1. Application package available for download on ZENITH website

  2. Applications close

  3. Interviews of shortlisted candidates
    in Paris

  4. Lab visits for shortlisted candidates
    to Mar 15th, 2020

  5. Final decision

  6. PhD starts

  7. ZENITH Launch symposium & first workshop
    in Paris

Step-by-step application process:

  1. Fill out the online registration and eligibility questionnaire.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email.
  3. Ask your two referees to send their letters of recommendation prepared using the ZENITH template to the ZENITH generic email by 5 January 2020. Note that YOU must ask your referees to send in the letters of recommendation. We don’t do that for you. Ensure that your referees use your surname as the first word in subject line of their email.
  4. Fill out the CV template (2-page limit; do not insert picture).
  5. Write your motivation letter (1000 word limit; see guidelines).
  6. Email a single PDF containing your CV and motivation letter together with copies of official transcripts to ZENITH generic email by 5 January 2020 11AM C.E.T (UTC+1 time zone). Ensure that (A) your attachments are less than 10 MB, (B) your surname is the first word in the subject line of the email and the first word in the name of the PDF file.

Failure to comply with the application guidelines will result in disqualification of the application.