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1. How do I apply to the Neuroscience Training Program?
You can apply to the Neuroscience Training Program online through
2. What is the deadline for applying to the
Neuroscience Training Program?
Completed applications must be received no later than December
1 for admission in the following September. Since GRE
scores are required, applicants should take the exams early enough
so the scores will reach the Neuroscience Training Program before
the December 1
3. What if I cannot afford the application
fee? Can I defer payment of the fee until I am admitted?
We understand the financial difficulties associated with application
to graduate programs. However, the application fee cannot be deferred
or waived. The Graduate School offers a limited number of fee grants
for McNair Scholars, UW-Madison Summer Research Opportunity Program
(SROP) and other pre-approved programs.
4. Should I send my application to
a specific faculty member with whom I am interested in working?
No. Application packages must be sent to the Neuroscience Training
Program for them to be a part of the admission process. Admission
decisions are made by a pre-determined committee of Program faculty.
5. How many applications do you receive
each year? Of those, how many are accepted?
On average, we receive about 160 applications per year, and of
these, we admit approximately 20-25 students.
6. Can you assess my chances of admission
to your program based on the following criteria (GRE scores, class rank, etc.)?
We cannot provide preliminary evaluations of chances for admissions
based on any one or two qualifications. The Graduate Admissions
Committee carefully reviews the entire application package
(personal statement, GRE scores, recommendation letters, transcripts,
etc.) to determine admission decisions.
7. I applied to the Neuroscience
Training Program within the last two years, but was rejected. How
do I reapply?
If you would like to reapply to our program, you will be required
to submit a new Graduate School application form and pay a new application
fee. If you have taken any courses since your last application you
will need to send updated official transcripts to the Neuroscience
Training Program and the Graduate School. It would also be in your
best interest to forward us any new documents that would help strengthen
your application package.
8. I can't send all transcripts
together. What should I do?
We strongly advise that you send in your paper application materials
as a complete
package to the Neuroscience Training Program.
However, if you cannot send your application package in full,
then you should send all loose correspondence to the Neuroscience Training
Program at the following address:
Neuroscience Training Program
1300 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706
A list of the required materials for the Graduate School and
the Neuroscience Training Program is available online
9. Do I need to take the
GRE Exam? If so, do I need to take any of the subject tests?
scores, the Verbal, Quantitative, and
Analytical sections, are required of all applicants to the Neuroscience Training Program.
The subject test section of the exam is not
is strongly recommended that a subject test also be taken because
it is required for certain predoctoral fellowships (e.g. NSF).
10. Do I need to take the TOEFL
exam? Can the TOEFL exam be waived in certain cases for international
11. What codes do I use when reporting
my GRE and TOEFL scores to the Neuroscience Training Program?
The codes you should use when reporting your GRE scores to the
Neuroscience Training Program are as follows:
Department Code: 0213
When reporting TOEFL Exam scores, use the following:
Department Code: 30
12. I want to earn a degree in
counseling psychology. Can I do this through the Neuroscience Training
Sorry, but we do not offer studies in clinical, counseling, social
or industrial/organizational psychology. If you would like more
information concerning the UW-Madison Counseling Psychology please
see their website
13. What type of financial support
can I expect?
Financial support made available by the the Neuroscience Training
Program includes predoctoral traineeships sponsored by the National
Institutes of Health, as well as various fellowships and research
assistantships. Such appointments typically provide full tuition
plus a 12-month stipend.
14. Do you provide financial support
for foreign applicants?
We provide five years of financial support, including tuition payments,
for all students accepted into the graduate program. This support
may be in the form of fellowships and research assistantships. However,
because most of the Program's funding is earmarked for U.S. citizens,
we accept approximately ONE new international student
each year. Therefore, you should make every effort to apply for
grants and fellowships in your home country.
15. Do international students need
to send a financial statement with their application?
International applicants will be asked to provide a financial statement
after the program recommends admission. International financial
information can be found on the Graduate School's website, or by
16. Does the Neuroscience Training Program
offer a Master's degree?
No. The final degree objective for all admitted students to the
the Neuroscience Training Program is the Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy.)
17. How can I apply to more than one degree
UW-Madison allows you to pursue two degrees in two separate majors.
You can apply for both majors now or apply for an additional major
at any time during your enrollment at UW-Madison. You must
send a separate application package to each department if you are
applying to more than one program.