Northwestern University (NU) offers world-class advanced training in neuroscience via its Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) PhD program. NUIN is anchored in the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) on NU’s Chicago campus, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS), the McCormick School of Engineering, and the School of Communication on the Evanston campus, as well as the Children’s Memorial Research Center (CMRC) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. NUIN is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative program with numerous and diverse foci of research excellence. Emphasis is based on clinically relevant as well as basic research.
State of the art resources, available in individual laboratories as well as via core facilities and cognate research centers, afford NUIN students access to the full range of modern neuroscience techniques. Reflecting a strong continuing institutional commitment to neuroscience, Northwestern recently completed an extensive building and renovation phase that added substantially to neuroscience facilities on all campuses. Infrastructural investments have been accompanied by significant faculty growth over the past five years.
NUIN is fundamentally a research-oriented PhD program, although students must satisfy a rigorous set of course requirements in addition to completing a thesis. Students also receive training in teaching and other professional skills important for all career paths. NUIN accepts applicants from diverse backgrounds and majors (including psychology, engineering, physics, computer science, and chemistry, as well as biology and neuroscience).
Entering NUIN students receive a University Fellowship and are fully supported (including tuition, stipend, and health insurance) their first year. The expectation is that all NUIN students in good standing will continue to receive full support for the duration of their graduate studies. The NUIN stipend for 2013-14 is $28,500. First year students also receive $1,000 for moving expenses.