Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain: Application FAQs
Who should apply for the course?
The course is intended for upper level PhD students and postdocs.
I am currently in my final year of my undergraduate program, but I will have graduated by the time of the course and I plan to start graduate school in the fall. Am I eligible?
No, applicants must have completed one year of a PhD program by the time of the course.
I am a professor. Am I eligible?
No, but we encourage you to have your students apply.
I work in industry. Am I eligible?
If you have completed a PhD, your research is related to the course content, and you are at an equivalent career stage to a postdoc, yes.
I am not a scientist but I am interested in the course content. Can I attend?
This course is intended for graduate students and postdocs who are professionally pursuing research in areas related to the course content. We encourage you to explore our other events and symposia to learn more about neuroscience research at the Allen Institute.
I am affiliated with a math, computer science, physics, bioengineering, or other program/department that is not directly neuroscience related. Am I eligible?
You are encouraged to apply no matter what department you are affiliated with.
I am not a US citizen or resident. Am I eligible?
Yes, applications are welcome from any nationality of residence or citizenship. There is no additional cost for international participants. If you are accepted, we encourage you to work with your organization's travel office or a travel agency to determine whether you need a visa. The Allen Institute will provide a letter of invitation if needed for a visa application, but we cannot provide visa advice.
Application materials and selection criteria
What format should my letter of interest be?
There is no fixed format for letters of interest other than a one page length limit.
What format should my CV be?
Please submit a standard academic CV. Do not submit an NIH/NSF-style biosketch.
Can I submit supplemental materials like a publication?
No, but you may list them in your CV.
Can I submit a late application?
No, we will not accept late applications. In 2022, applications were due February 1. To receive email notifications when applications open, please subscribe to our newsletter and select the Brain Science option. We also cannot accept revisions to your application materials after the application deadline.
What is the Allen Institute looking for in an application?
We are looking for applicants who:
Are early-career researchers with an active area of research related to the topics covered in the course.
Have some relevant background knowledge and skills for the course (we do not expect prior Python experience).
Would have a significant impact on their skills and career from participating.
Successful applicants may have a primarily experimental, primarily computational, or mixed background. Note that we receive many more qualified applications than we are able to accept into the course or on the waitlist.
Do I need to have coding experience in order to be considered?
No, we do not require or expect that you must have any coding experience at the time of application. Accepted students have the option to participate in our Python bootcamp to develop their coding skills, if you have no prior coding experience or your coding experience is in a different language.
When are letters of recommendation due?
Letters of recommendation are also due on the application deadline. In 2022, this was February 1.
Letters of recommendation
Can I have three letters of recomendation?
You must have exactly two letters of recommendation. Additional letters will not be accepted or considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.
Who should my letters of recommendation come from?
Your letters of recommendation should come from writers who can speak to your research interests and skills. We recommend, but do not require, that at least one of your letters comes from a current or former advisor.
Can I have a co-written letter?
Yes, co-written letters are welcome. You must still have two letters of recommendation even if one is co-written.
When can I check on the status of my letters of recommendation?
After you have applied, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org within the week before the application deadline to check on the status of your letters of recommendation. Allen Institute staff cannot see whether your letters have been submitted in our system until you have submitted your application, so please apply before contacting us to check on your letter status.
Will I be notified if my application is not accepted?
Yes, we will notify all applicants on the decision on their application.
My application was not accepted. Can I get on the waitlist?
The waitlist is selected from the application pool at the time acceptance decisions are made. You will be notified whether you have been placed on the waitlist when decisions are released.
Is travel funding available?
We are sometimes able to provide partial travel support to students after the course, but we currently cannot provide upfront travel support and we cannot guarantee travel funds will be available.
What is the acceptance rate?
The course acceptance rate is typically around 10%.
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