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TIGP-Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INS)

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About TIGP-Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INS)

The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (INS) graduate program welcomes highly motivated and energetic Ph.D. students dedicated to the integrated study of neuroscience. This revolutionary approach to neuroscience incorporates chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, physiology, imaging, and computer science to discover the causes and explore efficacious treatments of neurological and psychiatric disorders. To this end, the Neuroscience Program of Academia Sinica (NPAS) teamed with the School of Life Sciences at National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) in 2013, the Institute of Clinical Medicine of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in 2014, and the Department of Life Science, National Taiwan University in 2017 to develop an INS Ph.D. level program. This program trains students in how to approach neuroscience research using a multidisciplinary approach. This program stresses the importance of collaboration and interactivity among colleagues to produce better outcomes in neuroscience research. INS has expanded its repertoire to include research into cell and molecular neurobiology, clinical medicine, systems neuroscience, neural imaging and engineering, and cognitive and computational neuroscience. A diverse yet advanced curriculum is offered from these three campuses to enrich the learning process. Students are encouraged to initiate and participate in collaborative research projects among labs of different disciplines. In combination with seminars, symposia, and retreats, INS provides an active and flexible learning environment to help students reach their highest potential.

Fellowship and Stipend
TIGP provides fellowship support of NT$34,000 (about US$1060) per month for all graduate students during the first year of their enrollment. The support will be extended for another two years upon evidence of satisfactory progress towards the degree. In subsequent years, the financial support will be provided by the student_s thesis advisor. The amount of the support will be at the discretion of the advisor.

Eligibility and other criteria
Admission Requirements:
The INS program offers a wide range of research opportunities in neuroscience. Students with backgrounds in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, engineering, genetics, medicine, molecular biology, physics, and related fields are encouraged to apply.
1. Eligibility and Certificate of Degree
Students (international or Taiwanese) with bachelors or masters degree from accredited institutions are eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program.
All applicants are required to submit certification of the highest degrees from each academic institution attended. Unless diplomas are issued in English by the institution, the official records in their original language must be submitted with an authorized, complete, and exact English translation. Certificates for degrees from institutions in Taiwan can be in Chinese. Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution that bear the actual signature of the registrar (not a photocopy) and the seal of the issuing institution.
2. English Requirements
Applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) as part of the application packet. The test of English proficiency can be waived for applicants who have recently completed two or more years of study in an English-speaking country or have graduated from a university where English is the primary language (official certification should be provided).
Under special circumstances, applicants who have difficulty submitting TOEFL, IELTS, or GEPT scores on time but who have been otherwise determined to be qualified for graduate study may be admitted conditionally to the program.
1. TOEFL: total score of 79 on the internet-based exam (TOEFL-iBT), 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL is strongly recommended as the minimum admission requirement for all programs. Please note that an institutional TOEFL will not be accepted; only ETS international TOEFL scores will be accepted.
2. IELTS: minimum overall Band Score of 5.5 on the Academic Test of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the past two years is required.
3. GEPT: In lieu of the TOEFL and IELTS, applicants in Taiwan may take the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT ), administered by the Language Training and Testing Center. Applicants using this option must submit their high-intermediate level certificate with the application.
The recommended scores for the TOEFL, IELTS, and GEPT are summarized as follow:
Internet-Based TOEFL: 79
Computer-Based TOEFL: 213
Paper-Based TOEFL: 550
IELTS: 5.5
GEPT: High Intermediate Level

3. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
All applicants are strongly recommended to take the GRE General Test. However, if you have difficulty in taking the exam on time, please contact us and provide us with supplementary information (e.g., mater thesis, research publications, and description of research experiences) that can demonstrate your potential in research. Your qualifications will be reviewed by the admission committee.
4. Two Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required. Applicants
are not permitted to inspect letters of recommendation.
5. Academic Transcripts
Official transcripts of courses, including grades and grading scales, must be sent directly by the registrar of the institutions or submitted with the application form in sealed envelopes. An explanation for any non-standard grading system is highly recommended.
6. Statement of Purpose and Study Plan
The statement of purposes should comprise a brief statement of the scientific interests and career goals, together with a description of past accomplishments that are not evident from other documents submitted. If applicable, the result of any research in progress may be specified.
7. Other Evidence of Scholarly Achievements Please provide your M.S. thesis, research publications, and descriptions of research experiences to evaluate by the INS Admission Committee.
8. Interview
After reviewing all the supporting documents mentioned above, qualified candidates will be invited for interview. Local candidates will be asked to come to Taipei, whereas international students will have a phone/skype interview.

Application deadline
* March 31, 2017

Additional information, and important URL

The Program admits students to the fall semester only.

You are most welcomed to apply on-line through our online application portal ( http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigp/ ). No application fee is required.

For more information regarding Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INS), please visit the program's website at: http://npas.programs.sinica.edu.tw/ins/index.html

To check out all interdisciplinary PhD programs offered in TIGP, please visit TIGP website at: http://tigp.sinica.edu.tw/

Addional information may be obtained be sending an email to tigp@gate.sinica.edu.tw

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