Saturday, March 10, 2012

Erasmus Mundus (IDEALAB) Scholarships


The Erasmus Mundus PhD Program International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain offers an outstanding interdisciplinary, laboratory-based 3-year doctoral training to its candidates to study structure, processing and foundations of human language integrating interdisciplinary approaches.

For this purpose, four European universities and one non-European university provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain. A joint curriculum and a common research training program cumulate in a joint degree. Candidates benefit from co-supervision of at least two professors of the network and courses at joint summer- and winterschools.

Aims and objectives of IDEALAB

Research carried out by the doctoral candidates contributes to our understanding of the neurocognitive mechanisms of language learning, language use and language re-learning in linguistically unimpaired as well as impaired populations. The young researchers enrolled in the program are acquainted with the newest technological tools, and are involved in the work carried out in several top-ranking European as well as non-European centers. Combined European and non-European expertise in the curriculum allows the young researchers to acquire interdisciplinary skills and to learn to work with new combinations of techniques. Interacting with key players in the field such as rehabilitation centers, neuroscience research laboratories, health services and special education institutions is a prerequisite for open-minded, independent research.

Content of IDEALAB

IDEALAB provides the technical and human infrastructure to study questions on brain and language relationships in an encompassing way. Areas of specialization include:

• Neuroimaging in children with normal and impaired language acquisition;
• Neuroimaging in adults with and without acquired language impairments;
• Psycho- and neurolinguistic studies of subjects with developmental and acquired impairments of spoken and written language (aphasia, dyslexia, dysgraphia) and
• Language therapy studies with neuroimaging before and after therapy as a measure of the influence of intervention on brain re-organisation.

full european partnersUniversity of Potsdam (co-ordinator) (DE)University of Groningen (NL)University of Newcastle (GB)University of Trento/Rovereto (IT)
full non-european partnersMacquarie University, Sydney (AU)
associated members universityBeijing Normal University (BNU)Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)Hong Kong University (HKU)
associated members industryEKN, Munich (DE)ANT, Enschede, Berlin (NL, DE)Psychology Press, Aphasiology (UK)Springer Publishers (NL)
european health sectorRehab Center Groningen (NL)Neurorehab Centre Taaltrein/DLD (NL)North-of-Tyne collaboration, Newcastle (UK)Von Donnersmarckhaus, Berlin (DE)Centre for Mind /Brain Sciences, Rovereto (IT)ZAPP Berlin/Potsdam (DE)
non-european health sectorCenter for Speech Pathology and Neurorehabilitation, Moscow (RUS)


Successful applicants will be enrolled as EMJD PhD candidates and will receive a grant from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) as an employment contract. On the other hand, EMJD PhD candidates commit themselves to pay participation costs.

Gross salary
(per month)
Contribution to participation costs
(per month)
Travel subsistence
(per grant)
AU€ 2.800 (pre-tax)€ 600€ 7.500
EU€ 2.800 (pre-tax)€ 600€ 3.000

Employment contract

Doctoral candidates on an EM-grant will be appointed as employees for three years at the University of Potsdam from where they are sent to their home and host institutions. The employment salary (€2,800 per month) includes health insurance, social security and pension rights. The gross amount is not intended as an employee gross but as an employer gross. Therefore, the university, according to national legislation, will deduct from the monthly amount both the employer's taxes and the employee's taxes. The expected average net salary will be around € 1.500 per month. A Doctoral Candidate Agreement (a model is available here) will be signed with Erasmus Mundus granted candidates.
Each year a variable number of fellowships will be offered according to the grants provided by EACEA.

Mobility grants
Travel contribution for Category A fellowships are paid in four instalments of €2000 each, in months 1, 12, 24 and 36 of the program. For Category B candidates who have Macquarie or one of the non-EU associated members as their mobility institution a travel allowance of €3000 is paid before the mobility period. 


Requirement for successful candidates for the PhD program is a Master’s (or qualified equivalent degree) in Speech and language pathology, Psycho-/ Neurolinguistics, Clinical Linguistics or other language-related fields with a very good grade (at least a B or the equivalent). 

Further requirements for successful candidates include:

  • outstanding academic achievement
  • excellent oral and written English language skills
  • aptitude for original, independent and creative work
  • research experience


To make clear reference to the joint doctoral training at the partner universities, there are common application and selection procedures, common quality assessment and program monitoring.

Deadline: 15.11. 2012 (to begin in October 2013)

Application form: available for download

Additionally required documents
- a personal and academic curriculum vitae, 
- a description of the motivation for applying to the program, 
- a 8-10 pages research proposal (see template), 
- research-motivated preference for a home university and 
- the mobility plan, 
- a certified copy of highest degree certificates and 
- of academic records, 
- reference letters of two academics in English, 
- a proof of sufficient English language knowledge, and 
- a copy of the identification papers or passport.


  1. Please send all required documents electronically as pdf-files to applicationATem-idealabDOTcom in as few separate e-mails as possible. Make sure that the subject line is identical to your name! Please number the e-mails if you send more than one (e.g., 1/3, 2/3 etc.)
  2. Ask your professors to send their reference letters by November 15th to the e-mail address above with your name in the subject line!
  3. Shortlisted candidates are requested to submit certified copies of all certificates by mid January. Authentication of all documents will be accepted only if performed by a notary public, by the Embassy or Consulate in your home country, or by the institution that has issued the original document. If the documents are not in English, officially authenticated translations have to be added.
  4. Skype-interviews will be held in January.


Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle
Cognitive Sciences / Human Sciences
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
DE - 14476 Potsdam

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