Center For Neuroscience

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Applications for graduate study and supporting documents should be electronically submitted in time for evaluation in early December; members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Admission to the program is based on college transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and interviews. GRE scores are not needed nor accepted.

Application deadline: December 1
Application fee: $75*

* New! Fee waivers or deferrals are available to many applicants -- see if you are eligible HERE

This form is due on or before November 29th, 2020.

To apply for admission, please complete the online application through the Apply Yourself System. Additional requirements needed to complete your application to the Center for Neuroscience Graduate Training Program are listed below.

1. You must submit the names of three references with your application. These letters of recommendation must be from professors or research supervisors with whom you have studied or worked, preferably including those who have sponsored independent research in the laboratory.

2. We require a statement which includes the following two parts:

Your Personal Statement (500 to 1,000 words):

Please provide a statement of goals concerning your plans for graduate study and a professional career. Indicate the area(s) of neuroscience that most interest you. Include specific CNUP training faculty whose research programs are of great interest and list at least three of the CNUP training faculty members with whom you would like the opportunity to meet should you visit Pittsburgh.

Previous Research Experience (no word limit):

Please provide a brief description of your previous research experience. This should include undergraduate and/or graduate research, your research supervisor in each project and the technical skills that you have acquired, and a description of the hypotheses you were examining in your research. Include publications and abstracts (full title, place, year and page numbers).


Your Curriculum Vitae (CV).


Upload Undergraduate Transcripts:

Please upload unofficial copies of your undergraduate transcript(s).

Upload Graduate Transcripts:

Please upload unofficial copies of your graduate transcript(s). Certified transcripts and translations of all undergraduate and graduate study will be required at the time of matriculation (upon enrollment). Students will be required to forward official transcripts and translations at the time of matriculation (upon enrollment.)

5. Non-U.S. Citizens whose native language is not English are required to take an English proficiency tests within the last two years. Applicants must choose one test from these three options:

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language


. A minimum TOEFL result of 100 (with at least a score of 22 in each of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing) is required for admission.) Official TOEFL results must be submitted electronically to the University of Pittsburgh by the Educational Testing Service; the institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927 and the department code is 0213.
2. International English Language Testing System


. A minimum IELTS result of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections) is required for admission. Official IELTS results must be sent electronically to the University of Pittsburgh by the University of Cambridge.

Duolingo English Test

. A minimum Duolingo test of 120 is required for admission. Applicants must send their Duolingo test results either by uploading them as a PDF under ‘Additional Information’ in their online application (preferable) or by sending the test results in PDF format to the Graduate Administrator ( for uploading.

Admissions Correspondence and Information:

University of Pittsburgh
Center for Neuroscience
A210 Langley Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260