To be admitted to the PhD program, applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and be formally accepted by the admissions committee of the graduate school as a candidate for the PhD program. Admission is highly competitive, we expect to make offers to four applicants each year. Our department is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment.
To apply for our PhD program an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Applicants do not need an MA to apply. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor’s degree is awarded before they enroll in our graduate program in September.
Applicants will select an admission track at the moment of application, between the three options below. The admission tracks group areas of specialization in the program, you are not expected to be educated in both subfields in your chosen admission track.
We are interested in recruiting students with a well-rounded education and the ability to communicate usefully about science with scholars from multiple fields within cognitive science. Your application should concentrate on your strengths, which will naturally involve your field of specialization, but your research statement and writing sample must be understandable to scholars in the other field of specialization within your admission track. Ideally, your application will also evidence a genuine interest in bridging the gap with subfields in the other admission tracks.
Applications must be submitted via the online application portal, no materials submitted by email will be considered. The admissions portal is managed by our collegiate university Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL).
The application file involves personal contact information, demographic information, and prior education. Assessment of your application will be centered in the following attachments which you must provide at the moment of application:
You can submit scanned copies of transcripts for the application, but these will be considered unofficial. Upon acceptance into the program, we will require that you send official versions by mail.
Students are only admitted into the program for the Fall semester. The application deadline is Dec 10, 2019 (23:59 Central European Time) for the academic year starting in September 2020. Decisions are communicated to applicants by the end of February 2020. For the academic year 2020–2021, we expect to make offers to four applicants and to wait-list another four applicants. At the end of February we will select a group of admitted and wait-listed applicants.
Oct 7, 2019 Students can apply for the program
Dec 10, 2019 (23:59 Central European Time) Deadline for applications
End of Feb 2020 Admitted and wait-listed applicants are contacted
Apr 15, 2020 Deadline for admitted students'decisions
Assessment of your application will focus on the elements below. Please study this section carefully if you are applying.
Statement of purpose
Proof of English
Letters of recommendation