PhD training

Follow this link to apply for a NRSN travel grant.

NRSN will work to make the best neuroscience PhD courses at all partner universities available to all PhD candidates in Norway. We will offer travel- and accommodation grants to participants at PhD courses outside of their home institution. Normally, these travel grants are limited to NOK 2000 for the roundtrip. In the award letter, you will be informed if the hotel accommodation will be provided my NRSN, or if you have to make this arrangements yourself.  More on NRSN reimbursements here

Starting in summer 2015, NRSN aims to host an ambitious summer school programme, in close collaboration with international research groups and invited speakers.

You have to apply to the institution offering the course to be accepted as an external participant. Likewise, it is the candidate's own institution which is responsible for the formal approval of the course into the educational component of the PhD degree.


Travel grant application form

Previous PhD courses:

PSY8005 - Human psychophysiology at NTNU (week 11-12, 2014)
Course content: Event related potentials (ERP's) and time-frequency analyses combined with clustering techniques such as principal and independent component analyses (PCA/ICA) will be taught and practised in the course. High-density EEG recordings are often challenging to analyse. Conventional ERP analysis typically focuses on a small number of channels and identifies differences between trial types in certain time windows. Although this method can be used with high-density data, it does not take full advantage of the spatiotemporal information present in the data. One way of analysing electrical recordings made at the scalp is based on the assumption that EEG signals may be interpreted as a mixture of the activity of a number of underlying sources in the brain. Source separation consists of identifying different sources in the brain, where each source is described in terms of a varying course of activity and a consistent distribution across the scalp. In other words, a statistically independent source can be represented as both a time-invariant scalp-surface map and a time course of the strength of expression of that spatial map in accounting for the overall EEG at that point in time. Further, a blind (unbiased) separation of sources in terms of PCA and ICA will be used allowing us to extract more general stuctures of brain activity.

The National Center of Competence for fMRI organized the 1st White Matter Meeting in Trondheim 6-7 February 2014.

To stimulate the participation of PhD candidates from other parts of Norway in this event, travel- and accommodation grants are made available from NRSN – Norwegian research school in neuroscience and MedIm – Norwegian Research School in Medical Imaging. These grants also cover the participation fee of 2300 NOK.Please find more information and program here. Note that the registration deadline is 15 January. If you wish to have a confirmed travel grant by then, you should not hesitate to apply for this support (see below).

We are working to have the course accredited ECTS credits, but this has not yet been settled (the original information on this point stating that 2,5 ECTS had been approved was unfortunately not accurate). 

As you will see from the program, the meeting will focus on a range of topics related to white matter. The two research schools will provide support for their respective members. Please note that for both MedIm and NRSN, registration is a precondition for the granting of support. You will find all the information you need regarding registration at the MedIm or NRSN homepages.

As MedIm and NRSN have a shared administration, please just get in touch if your are interested in for a travel grant from either one of the research schools, and we'll guide you to the right form.

MF9150 - Essentials of Neurophysiology: from neurons to circuits to behaviours
This course is offered by the University in Oslo and takes place 23-27 September 2013. It covers the basic principles of neuron signalling and interactions that underlie brain function. Teaching takes place across 5 consecutive days and includes lectures, group discussions and practical hands-on sessions. A take-home examination will be given at the end of the course. Accreditation: 5 ECTS points.

Course in Integrated Neuroscience- (IGSIN Course)
This course is offered by the University in Bergen, and takes place in Bergen October 28- November 7, 2013. Latest date for application is September 20 (per e-mail to .The course is intended to give the students a basic and integrated understanding of the interplay between neurobiological systems and cognition, affect and behaviour. Thirty hours of lectures, demonstrations and/or laboratory work, concentrated over a two week period. Accreditation: 6 ECTS points.