Applying to the NBL training program
This is a multi-year training program that leads to a Graduate Certificate in Neurobiology of Language. It requires trainees to take 4 required Foundations courses (as well as 1 prerequisite) and a 1-credit Outreach Seminar. Trainees are also expected to attend regular meetings (Talk Shop, Mondays at 12:20 during Fall and Spring semesters) and occasional additional events, meetings, and retreats. Trainees are also expected to engage in interdisciplinary research as part of their training.
Trainees receive full funding for 5 years at normal departmental levels through typical teaching assistantships and research assistantships. They have access to a UConn-funded innovation incentive fund. We do not currently have NBL-specific funding, though we hope to in the near future. There is no citizenship or residency requirement to be an IGERT Associate; international students are eligible.
How to apply
- First, check out the participating Ph.D. programs:
- Psychology (general application information)
- Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
- Physiology and Neurobiology [students with interests in this area may find the language curriculum required under the IGERT difficult to accomodate; discuss carefully with your potential advisor]
- The next step is to get in contact with potential advisors to discuss the possibility of applying to the Ph.D. program and to the IGERT training program. In general, applicants will be notified of whether they are accepted as an IGERT fellow at the same time that they are notifed about acceptance into their Ph.D. program.
- Then your potential advisor must nominate you for (a) IGERT Associate Trainee status and (b) an IGERT Fellowship.
Download the nomination form.
About the IGERT grant that launched NBL
The NBL program was launched with an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant (2012-2017). Under that funding, we funded 28 fellows (who received a $30,000 NSF stipend for 2 years followed by full support at normal departmental levels for 3 years). Another ~30 PhD students participated as associate trainees, with full access to program elements and occasional special funding through UConn.