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Join the CBN: Graduate Scholar Application


The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, through a consortium of institutions in the Atlanta area, promotes the development of interdisciplinary teams of investigators and educators who are working to define the interaction between brain processes and complex behavior. Research collaborations are developed through the regular interactions of investigators in the Center’s collaboratories and cores.  The collaboratories of the Center, designed to develop and promote innovative interdisciplinary research across diverse model systems focused primarily in the areas of affiliation, aggression, fear, reproduction, memory and cognition, reward and reinforcement, and sex differences.

The CBN Graduate Scholar Program is intended for Ph.D. students who are interested in Behavioral Neuroscience. Students can gain a wider breadth of experience in Behavioral Neuroscience and have all of the facilities of the CBN available to them. The CBN Graduate Scholars Program is not a degree granting program, rather it is something designed to promote the study of Behavioral Neuroscience and ehance the graduate experience.

Program Goals:

  • Provide financial support to suitable graduate students studying Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Facilitate collaborative research by: orienting students to the CBN and its resources, providing "collaboratory" rotations or internships, and promoting inter-institutional participation on dissertation committees.
  • Encourage and facilitate interactions among students and faculty of the participating institutions who are interested in Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Enhance the recruitment of high quality graduate students interested in Behavioral Neuroscience, particularly minorities and women.


  • Student must be accepted into an affiliated Ph.D. graduate program (see below).
  • Student must commit to working under a CBN faculty member for laboratories and dissertation research.
  • Student must be a U.S. citizen.


  • Students must fulfill all of the requirements for a Ph.D. of the admitting degree-granting program (in the home institution) and be in good academic standing.
  • Upon entering the program, students must take the "Introduction to the CBN"  course offered each spring.
  • First year students must do a laboratory rotation in a CBN collaboratory or a CBN-related internship. The CBN will help facilitate these projects. The CBN encourages projects that are inter-institutional or inter-programmatic.
  • Students must take four "Advanced Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience" during their graduate training. the Intro to the CBN course may substitute for one Advanced Topics course.
  • The advisor for the students must be a CBN member and, additionally, one member of the dissertation committee must be a CBN member from another institution or graduate program within the same institution.
  • Students are expected to attend the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Seminars and participate actively in CBN events and collaboratory meetings.
  • Students must submit an annual progress report in which they will detail their participation in the program.
  • Students must conduct research under the mentorship of a CBN faculty member.

Application Procedure:

  • If you are currently a doctoral student in one of the participating doctorate programs (see below) and are working in either a CBN laboratory or would like to, follow instructions on the application (Word Format | pdf format) and submit to Dr. Donald Rainnie.
  • If you are not yet a doctoral student, you must be accepted to one of the participating doctorate programs listed below. Once you are officially accepted to a participating program, send a copy of your acceptance letter along with a completed application (Word Format | pdf format) to Dr. Donald Rainnie.

Participating graduate programs:

Emory University

Georgia State University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Morehouse School of Medicine

Stipend Support:

Stipend support is administered differently at each institution to maximize the impact of the program. In some programs, the stipend is used to supplement departmental stipend support, whereas in others, the NSF funding constitutes the sole support for that student. Not all students receive a stipend from the CBN; some are completely supported by the home institution. However, all CBN Graduate Scholars receive a minimum of $1,000 allowance per year for academic supplies and science related travel.

Note: CBN Scholars are expected to fulfill all requirements even if the source of their stipend support changes and they no longer receive CBN support.

Contact Information:

Don Rainnie, PhD
Chair of the CBN Graduate Scholar Program
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
954 Gatewood Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: 404.712.9714

Fax: 404.712.9645


Mailing Address: Georgia State University,
PO Box 5090, Atlanta, GA 30302-5090
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