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Hello! I applied for neuroscience PhD programs in Fall of 2016 using this spreadsheet.
Feel free to copy this spreadsheet or use it to inspire one of your own!
In the top row, I've put in some comment to explain my
concept for this sheet a little clearer.
I was interested in applying to both programs in the US and in Europe (so I applied to some
MSc and Fast-Track programs, which are essentially a 4-year PhD instead of 3 like European
programs are normally). Also I didn't end up applying to all these programs, so don't be intimated by the number of schools!
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This first column is where I would keep
a running track of particular tasks that I still had to do
I tried to have at least 3 professors I was interested
in working with per program, and did my best to
contact at least one or more.
These columns were super helpful to keep track of program/dept
websites while I was writing. Also to keep track of the
endless usernames, passwords and application portals.
These columns were my checklist for what program needed what and that I checked off as I completed each component of the application.
X = completed, O = not yet started
I used these blue columns as a final checklist --
once I was prepping my application for the final submission,
I would cross things off here
Always review your application as many times as you can.
I would always notice typos and errors when I was able to
download the app package as a PDF. (Also was good to
keep a copy of them before it was lost to submission).
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TO DO LIST:Name of programType of programDate dueNotes/Professors of InterestApp
website
Prog
website
Dept
website
Emailed
Prof(s)?
App guidelines
CV
finished?
Statement
finished?
Personal History
required?
Prof 1 RefProf 2 RefProf 3 RefProf 4 RefTranscriptGREScore sent?PaymentSOP uploaded?
Personal History
uploaded?
CV
uploaded?
All recommenders
submitted?
Review App as PDF
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Finish Munich Statement
1ColumbiaPhDDec 2Prof1 (contacted), Prof2, Prof3
https://phdapply.cumc.columbia.edu/security/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fdefault.aspx
http://neurosciencephd.columbia.edu/prospective-students/application-process
http://neurosciencephd.columbia.edu/faculty-and-research
--xonlinex--xxxxonline2619xX---XWaiting for Prof 3--
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Email Prof1
USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
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Respond to Prof22NYUPhDDec 1Prof1 (contacted), Prof2, Prof3
https://apply.gsas.nyu.edu/apply/
http://neuroscience.nyu.edu/graduate-programs
http://neuroscience.nyu.edu/graduate-programs/neuroscience-doctoral-program-faculty
--xonlinexoptionalxxxxonline2596xXXXWaiting for Prof 3--
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Respond to Prof3
USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
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3RockefellerPhDDec 1Prof1 (contacted)
https://graduateapplication.rockefeller.edu/account/login/
http://www.rockefeller.edu/graduate/
http://www.rockefeller.edu/research/faculty/labheads#content
--xonlinex--xxxxonline2761xXX---XxX
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USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
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4RutgersPhDDec 1Prof1 (contacted)
https://admissionservices.rutgers.edu/graduate/returnUserLogin.app
http://psych.rutgers.edu/bn
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requested & uploaded
2790XXX---XXX
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UsN: xxPW: --
https://admissionservices.rutgers.edu/graduate/programStatusLogon.app
Official Transcript not yet received
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5UCLAPhDDec 1Prof1 (contacted)
https://app.decisiondesk.com/login
http://www.neuroscience.ucla.edu/
http://www.neuroscience.ucla.edu/research-faculty
--xXOOxxxxR4837 / 0213xXXXWaiting for Prof 3X
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USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
Official Transcript not yet received
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6UChicagoPhDDec 1Prof1 (contacted), Prof2, Prof3, Prof4
https://apply-bsd.uchicago.edu/apply/
http://neuroscience.uchicago.edu/graduate-training/neurobiology-curriculum/
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USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
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7UPennPhDDec 1Prof1 (contacted)
https://www.applyweb.com/upenng/index.ftl
https://www.med.upenn.edu/ngg/
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Research Statement
XWaiting for Prof 3X
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USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
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8FrankfurtFAST-TRACKDec 15Prof1 (contacted), Prof2 (contacted)
http://brain.mpg.de/graduate-studies/call/registration.html
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http://brain.mpg.de/graduate-studies/faculty.html
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9ZurichFAST-TRACKNov 1 - Dec 15FINISH ENTERING COURSES
https://www.lehrbetrieb.ethz.ch/eApply/ealogin.view
http://www.biologie.uzh.ch/de/Studium/Masterstudium/MasterStudies/Neurosciences.html
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USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
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10NeurasmusMScDec 9
http://emundus-neurasmus.univ-bordeaux.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1
http://www.neurasmus.u-bordeaux2.fr/index.html
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http://www.neurasmus.u-bordeaux2.fr/application-guidelines.html
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UsN: xxPW: --
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11UCL LondonPhDJan 4REMIND RECOMMENDERS
NeuroPhD@ucl.ac.uk
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/silva/npp/NeurosciencePhD
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/domains/neuroscience/
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http://www.ucl.ac.uk/silva/npp/NeurosciencePhD/howtoapply-detail
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12ChariteMScDec 15
https://www.medical-neurosciences.de/en/admission/application_master/
https://www.medical-neurosciences.de/en/program/master/
https://www.medical-neurosciences.de/en/faculty/faculty_list/
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SEND TO: office-medneuro@charite.de, FILENAME: mn.<last name cand>-<first name of cand>.<lastname ref>.pdf
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13KarolinskaMSc18 Oct - 16 Jan
https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/loginform?triggerloginurl=%2Fintl%2Fsearch
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USN: x@gmail.com
PW: --
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http://www.gsn.uni-muenchen.de/about_us/index.html
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I kept information or text here that I used on multiple different applications, so it was easily accessible!
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