Doctoral program in cognitive neuroscience

As a world-class research center, BCBL conducts cutting edge research in multiple areas of cognitive neuroscience, with a particular focus on language. Our investigations bring together expertise in cognitive psychology, linguistics, neurophysiology, neuroimaging, and computation. Doctoral trainees participate in existing research lines and develop their own ideas with internationally known scholars.

Each doctoral student is a member of a research group that is directed by a leading researcher – our website lists these groups.  The groups are organized around a number of major themes that the Center focuses on.  These include the Neurobiology of Multilingualism; Language and Reading; Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience; and Neurodegeneration and Language Disorders.

Doctoral students receive extensive training and experience in research that addresses these topics. They are expected to publish their research in major journals and are funded to attend major research conferences. Graduates of the program will have skills that prepare them for careers in basic knowledge development and in knowledge transfer in the fields of Health and Education.

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  • Funding is necessary to get a PhD position at BCBL.
  • Check our website in the jobs section for possible PhD positions offered at BCBL. Positions listed there include funding.
  • If you are interested in applying for a PhD position that is not on the list, check the University’s website to learn about possible grants to apply for.
  • After funding is identified, a scientific committee will assess each application to review the profile of the candidate and decide on the supervisor/s to work with.
  • The selected applicants will be interviewed.


To be sent by email to

  1. Scanned ID (Spanish and European applicants) or Passport (international applicants)
  2. Bachelor and Master Degree certificate
  3. Bachelor and Master Transcripts of records
  4. Résumé (CV)
  5. 1 essay stating your research interests, ongoing projects of interest within BCBL, possible PI/s to be supervised by (1 page maximum, .pdf format)
  6. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members


All the information must be sent in ENGLISH for the initial selection process. In case the original letters of recommendation are in a different language than English, both the original letter and a translation are required. Transcripts of records should be provided in ENGLISH as well for this first stage.

Once students are admitted, they will begin the enrollment process. To enroll they will be required to provide the University of the Basque Country with the Degree Certificates and the Transcripts of Records either in Spanish, Basque or English. For more information about the documents required by the University, please visit these pages: Pre-enrolment and admission & Legalisation of documents.