Neuroscience Graduate Consortium at Duke

Research on the brain spans many levels, from molecules to behavior, and touches on many different fields of inquiry. Reflecting this diversity, Duke’s neuroscience community encompasses nearly a dozen different departments and centers, all located in close proximity on a single campus. Graduate students interested in neuroscience may work with faculty mentors by enrolling in one of several different Ph.D. programs depending on their precise interests. The different programs focus on different levels of analysis of the nervous system, ranging from cellular and molecular to systems to cognitive and behavioral approaches. Training is coordinated by the Neuroscience Graduate Consortium at Duke, organized by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), and involves an overlapping set of coursework as well as common social events, colloquia and retreats open to all students. Neuroscience graduate education at Duke is organized in a flexible fashion designed to train the next generation of neuroscientists at the cutting edge, poised to discover new and exciting aspects of brain function.

DIBS Graduate Student Community Email List

To enhance communications among graduate students interested in neurosciences, we have created a community email list. We use the list to send out DIBS-relevant announcements about events, activities and outreach opportunities. Please fill out this brief form to join the DIBS grad student community list. 

DIBS Post-doc Community Email List

We also facilitate communication among postdoctoral and resident fellows through our post-doc community email list. We use the list to send out DIBS-relevant announcements about events, activities and outreach opportunities. Please fill out this brief form to join the DIBS post-doc community list. 


Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program

Duke's graduate Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP) offers interdisciplinary training in cutting-edge research on higher brain functions; students rotate through three labs, choosing from more than 40 possible training faculty in more than ten different departments, before affiliating with the department through which they will pursue their Ph.D.


The graduate program in neurobiology at Duke is an interdepartmental program for students to pursue the Ph.D. degree with 42 faculty mentors in 13 different departments.

Psychology & Neuroscience

Graduate training in psychology & neuroscience at Duke provides students with exceptional opportunities to examine mind, brain and behavior at different levels of analysis.

Bioethics & Science Policy

This program teaches students how to identify, analyze and propose solutions to a myriad of complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics and policy.

Duke Biology


Duke Biology offers diverse training opportunities for students seeking a Ph.D. in biological sciences.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Consistently ranked one of the top five biomedical engineering programs in the U.S., Duke biomedical engineering prepares graduates to be leaders in industry and academia.

Cell & Molecular Biology

Cell & Molecular Biology

Duke's cell & molecular biology training program grew from a biochemistry training program that was highly interdisciplinary and included all the departments of the basic biological sciences at Duke.

Duke Computer Science

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Duke is an internationally recognized leader in research and education where student work on innovative and cutting-edge research programs, and graduates are regularly recruited to top industry and academic institutions.

Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program

Duke's Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program is a predoctoral training program which prepares students for research careers in environmental health, awarding interdepartmental and multidisciplinary Ph.D.s.

Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

The Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at Duke is consistently ranked as having one of the top pharmacology graduate programs in the nation, with its focus on preparing individuals for a career in independent research.


In addition to their own Ph.D. program, philosophy at Duke offers joint J.D./M.A. and J.D./Ph.D. programs with the law school and offers certificates in Philosophy of Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Learn more about DIBS

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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