Brain & Mind

The research area BRAIN & MIND is designed to appeal to fellowship applicants and collaborators from a broad range of academic fields and sub-disciplines. Hence, the scientific program encompasses a wide selection of topics: from music philosophy to molecular neurobiology, from philosophy of mind to neural mechanisms of auditory perception, from basic clinical research to problems of applied educational sciences. To give just a few examples, relevant research fields include, amongst others: neurosciences, cognitive sciences, biology, psychology, medicine, philosophy, pharmacology, computer sciences, linguistics, educational sciences, physics, media sciences, history, cultural sciences/anthropology.

To get a more detailed impression of the thematic range, we recommend browsing through topics of past and current fellowships, workshops, Hanse Lectures, and Study Groups (links provided in the sidebar on the right). Interdisciplinary projects are possible and desirable as the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg strives to build bridges between research fields and traditions. By opening up the field, we have detached ourselves to some extent from classical ideas about cognitive research and neuroscience, because it is precisely the synergies with other disciplines beyond the neurosciences and cognitive sciences that accommodate the complexity of the subject matter of "Brain & Mind" much better than separate scientific traditions.

It is the interdisciplinary climate which turns work at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg into such a special experience.
Prof. Mark Hauber, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Fellow BRAIN)
Das Fellowship-Programm des Hanse-Wissenschaftskollegs

In collaboration with the other research areas at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, we are currently creating two cross-sectional foci: The focus area “Quality of Science” looks at replication and reliability of research results, open science, ethics, role distribution between the sciences and the humanities, systems of incentives in academia, and other aspects relevant for the self- reflection of researchers and institutions. The focus area “Digitalization” spans projects on Artificial Intelligence but also co-ordinates a recent initiative on Digitalization in Medicine.

Within the research area Brain & Mind, beyond our usual Fellowship program, we offer special Fellowship opportunities. For clinical researchers in collaboration with the Medical School at the University of Oldenburg there is an annual call for Joint Research Fellowships. For early career researchers working on the auditory system with the Oldenburg Cluster of Excellence “Hearing4All” for several years we offered 24-months  H4All-HWK-Fellowships. These H4All-HWK-Fellowships are currently suspended until the Cluster grant will have been renewed.

Fellowship applicants who would like to do experimental/ practical research during their residence at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg will find a variety of research topics and methods represented in the region, e.g. in work groups at the University of Bremen, University of Oldenburg, Jacobs University Bremen, or University of Osnabrück. Some examples are listed below: 


Bremen Spatial Cognition Center

Department for Psychology University of Bremen

Department of Computer Science University of Bremen

Network Minds, Media, Machines University of Bremen

Center for Cognitive Sciences (ZKW) University of Bremen 

Faculty of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences University of Bremen 

Centre for Biomolecular Interactions Bremen Bremen 

Worlds of Contradiction University of Bremen 

Constructor University Bremen (vormals Jacobs University)

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS

Fraunhofer MEVIS Institute for Digital Medicine

SFB EASE (Everyday Activity Science and Engineering) University of Bremen

Institute for Philosophy University of Bremen


Exzellenzcluster Hearing4All University of Oldenburg 

Research Center Neurosensory Sciences 

Medical School University of Oldenburg 

Department of Psychology University of Oldenburg 

Department of Biology University of Oldenburg 

School of Educational and Social Sciences University of Oldenburg

Institute for Music University of Oldenburg

Institut für Philosophie Universität Oldenburg


Institute of Cognitive Sciences University of Osnabrück

Applications in the Area BRAIN & MIND

Check the eligibility criteria for applications in the research area BRAIN & MIND on our applications page and familiarize yourself with work and life at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg on our overview pages.