Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Seminars by PhD students to Incentivize Research Exchange

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The Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine invites you to kick-start your scientific career by presenting your research at one of the world’s premier neuroscience institutions. Applications are now open for talented senior graduate students to present their thesis work in a prestigious seminar series devoted to research excellence in the early stages of a scientist’s career. INSPIRE speakers will be invited to present their work at Washington University over two days (currently planned to be in person but pending pandemic situation and speaker preference). International INSPIRE speakers will be invited for an enriching and enjoyable virtual visit this year.

An INSPIRE speaker will:

Washington University Department of Neuroscience will cover the costs of travel and accommodation.

Being selected as an INSPIRE speaker is an exciting opportunity for graduate students to share their research with the Washington University neuroscience community, to receive feedback, to explore postdoctoral opportunities and to form professional and intellectual relationships with peers, mentors and future collaborators. We at Washington University benefit from learning about inspiring research done by talented young scientists from around the world.

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Applications are welcome from senior graduate students who have compelling science to share. We invite applicants in all areas of neuroscience from around the world.

Our department highly values all our researchers, staff and trainees, and we provide an inclusive environment for people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion, core values shared by the School of Medicine and the entire University. We encourage interested students to apply and we pledge to give full consideration to all applicants regardless of race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity or expression and national origin.   

To apply, please complete the INSPIRE application form in Word or Latex, name it YourLastName_Application, and convert into one PDF file. Please upload the single PDF to this Box folder.

  • Applications for the 2021–2022 INSPIRE seminars will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST September 15, 2021.
  • The INSPIRE committee will review the applications and notify nominees via email by September 30 2021.
  • The seminars are planned from October 2021 to May 2022.

Questions? Please email