International Doctorate for
Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain

International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language and Brain

Group photo taken at the Rovereto winterschool (February 2018)

The Erasmus Mundus PhD Program International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain (IDEALAB) offers an outstanding interdisciplinary, laboratory-based 3-year doctoral training to its candidates to study structure, processing and foundations of human language integrating interdisciplinary approaches.
For this purpose, four European universities and one non-European university joined together to provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain. A joint curriculum and a common research training program cumulate in a joint degree. Candidates benefit from co-supervision of at least two professors of the network and courses at joint summer- and winterschools.

In addition, the young researchers also receive extensive expert information outside their chosen topics, broadening their horizons towards potential interdisciplinary approaches. When they graduate from this research school after three years, the they will have obtained sufficient knowledge, skills, and innovative spirit to start a successful career in neuroscience research and beyond.
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There are 18 associated partners from the public and private sector with various expertise: they include six non-EU universities and the Free University of Brussels, four members from the private sector, two with a focus on Research & Development industries and two publishers. They contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.

Finally, there are seven clinics associated to the consortium, amongst others the non-European rehabilitation center in Moscow which is the world’s largest centre for language disorders in the world. The associated clinics provide internships to study unimpaired as well as impaired language of children and adults.
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New cohorts enrolling in the IDEALAB programme are no longer funded by the Erasmus Mundis programme, and Trento University will no longer be part of the consortium from 2021. However the programme will continue its excellence in research training with the remaining consortium partners.

Mobility Periods

The program is jointly offered by a transnational consortium with an integrated study program along with required mobility between the participating institutions. The mobility plan of each individual young researcher is tailored according to the particular specialities required by the thesis topic.
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Feb 3 - Feb 14, 2014