Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program

This unique program, administered by the DIBS Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, allows neuroscience graduate students to participate in an interdisciplinary educational experience involving multiple departments and outstanding faculty teachers and mentors. The key features of the program include two years of course work and laboratory rotations, followed by students selecting a primary department and two advisors who have expertise in different sub-disciplines related to the students' areas of interests.

CNAP also offers a rich environment for training and research, with fMRI, EEG laboratories, and extensive facilities for psychophysical studies in humans, as well as behavioral and physiological studies in non-human primates and rodents. In 2018-2019, 30 graduate students participated in CNAP.

Key Program Features

  • Explore various disciplines through course work and multiple lab rotations before matching with one or more PhD advisers and an academic department.
  • Access advanced equipment and methodologies for studying the neural bases of human and animal cognition.
  • Participate in a dynamic, collaborative community with frequent opportunities to interact with other students and faculty.
  • Experience one of the hottest U.S. career areas — Research Triangle Park — plus lively arts, sports, and outdoor activities

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What Our Students Say...

“When applying for graduate school, I was always more interested in rotation programs, given my broad interests in emotion, cognition, and memory interactions. I was especially drawn to the collaborative environment at the CCN. During my first year, CNAP has definitely been a very helpful and fulfilling experience. It has provided me with the opportunity to experience a wide range of research projects and challenged me to think of novel ways to collaborate across labs.”

—Leonard Faul, CNAP student


“I came to grad school straight from undergrad, and as I didn't major in psychology or neuroscience, I had little idea which subarea in cognitive neuroscience I wanted to specialize in. I found CNAP and it immediately became my first choice for grad school. I loved how interdisciplinary it was.”

— Natasha Parikh, CNAP alumna
She successfully defended her PhD thesis in March 2019