Links and Resources

Internal Google Site

Current Theory Center members can find internal center info here. (you may need to request access on your first time)

Mailing Lists

General Mailing List: Find out about upcoming seminars, conferences and symposia.
Internal Mailing List: For Departmental and Center announcements, lab meetings and journal club schedules, and other resources. For members of the Theory Center only.

To join either of these mailing lists, email Administrative Coordinator, Rachel Rampil at rr2836(at)


Neurotheory Seminar - Friday at 11:15 AM in the 7th Floor Conference Room of the Kolb Annex.

Neurobiology and Behavioral Seminar - Thursday at noon in the Alumni Auditorium of the Neurological Institute.

The Basic Sciences Weekly Calendar is a list of all of the scientific talks occurring on the health sciences campus.

Lab Meetings and Journal Clubs

Lab meetings currently are currently scheduled for every Monday at 12:30PM in the 7th Floor conference room. Sandwiches (and cookies) are served.

Making a Personal Webpage

If you would like to make a personal webpage for your research feel free to do so. You can use external hosting/design sites such as Google Sites or Wordpress. Columbia IT also offers hosting for anyone with a UNI but know that these sites expire when you leave Columbia. More information on how to set up your Columbia site can be found here

Once you have created your personal site, contact the webmaster (currently Rachel Rampil) to have it linked to from the Theory Center site.


The Theory Center offers Introductory and Advanced Theoretical Neuroscience courses. Information regarding current courses offered by the Theory Center can be found on Courseworks.


Graduate students

The following fellowships can support theorists who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents:

Hertz Foundation Fellowships: Apply as senior undergrad or 1st-yr grad student (rare exceptions for more advanced students, see FAQ); applications open in Summer, deadline in Fall.

DOE Computational Science Fellowship: Apply as senior undergrad or 1st-yr grad student; applications open in October, deadline mid-January.

The following is only open to U.S. citizens or nationals:

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowships: Apply as senior undergrad or 1st- or 2nd-yr grad student (rare exceptions for more advanced students); applications open around Sept. 1, deadline mid-December. Open to all of neuro/cognitive science. You need to discuss "how your research might be of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD)", but there is no service requirement of any kind associated with an award.

See also more general science or neuroscience fellowships listed here. In particular, for U.S. citizens/permanent residents, NSF fellowships (can apply as senior undergrad through 2nd-yr grad) and NIH NRSA awards (apply after finishing 2nd year grad, i.e. after passing quals). As a grad student here we will guide you in applying for NSF and NRSA awards.

European citizens might look into the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation Fellowship, though it appears to be only for experimentalists; looks like you can apply when finishing undergrad or in 1st or 2nd yr of grad (?).

International students may also be able to apply for the HHMI International Student Research Rellowships, but you will have to be nominated by your graduate program during your 2nd or 3rd year.


There are two terrific awards for those transitioning from Ph.D.'s in physical/mathematical/computational sciences into biomedical postdoctoral research. These are "mentored research development awards", supporting both several years of postdoctoral training and the first years of a faculty position, with higher stipends than most postdoctoral fellowships plus some research money. For US citizens/nationals/permanent residents, there is the NIH K25 award (deadlines every 4 months). It is only offered by some of the NIH institutes, and each seems to have different requirements, so you need to talk with the relevant program officers to get details and see if your situation fits. For citizens/nationals/permanent residents of the US or Canada, there is the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface, with preproposals due around Sept. 1, and invitations needed to then submit a full proposal in January; you must have completed at least 1 and no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research by January deadline.

Individuals planning to move from another country to the US (or more generally to move between countries) can apply for the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) postdoctoral fellowships. You must be changing fields, either within the life sciences or coming from outside the life sciences. Applications open in June, deadline in August. You cannot have started working in your postdoc lab before April of your application year and may not have spent more than 12 months total in the U.S. (or more generally, in the new country) in education or training by April of the following year.

Graduate students (any nationality) in later Ph.D. years, before selecting a specific postdoctoral lab, can apply for the James McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards in Studying Complex Systems. They don't seem to define what "complex systems science" is but Elad Ganmor from Elad Schneidman's lab got one so apparently at least some forms of theoretical neuroscience will qualify. Application deadline in June for someone expecting to complete the Ph.D. in the following calendar year.

More general postdoctoral fellowships for biomedical research:

For U.S. citizens/permanent residents: the NIH F32 award (postdoctoral training grant) is for a period of new training as a postdoc.

Citizens or non-citizens may apply for the NIH K99 Pathway to Independence award. This mentored research development award supports the last 2 years of postdoctoral work and the first 3 years of a faculty position. Generally must be no more than 5 years since receipt of the Ph.D. at time of application, some exceptions.

All of these NIH grants have 3 deadlines/year (every 4 months).

Helen Hay Whitney Research Fellowships are for initial stages of postdoctoral work in biomedical sciences; application deadline July 1; apply in final stages of Ph.D. or first year of postdoc. Open to any citizenship, although "We expect that most applicants will reside in North America at the time of application."

For physician/scientists, Burroughs Welcome has Career Awards for Medical Scientists, which are mentored research development awards to bridge the last years of postdoctoral/fellowship training and first years of a faculty position.

This compendium of postdoctoral fellowships lists a number of fellowships, in particular a number available for underrepresented minorities.

Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowships for EU citizens or those who have been working in EU to work abroad; less than 12 months in new country at application deadline.

See also Society in Science and Life Sciences Research Fellowship.

The following have specific location or citizenship requirements: EMBO (selected countries), ELSC (Israeli Citizenship), and EGL (Israeli Citizenship).

Grad Students and Postdocs

In addition to the programs listed above, you could look through this compendium of non-NIH funding opportunities for biomedical/behavioral research, particularly if you are non-U.S. citizen/resident, to find programs for which you may be eligible.

The Neuroscience Scholar's Program of the Society for Neuroscience provides a three-year fellowship offering funds for travel and career development for "underrepresented and diverse undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in the field of neuroscience."

Affiliation Links

We are located in the Columbia University Medical Center. In Fall of 2016 we will be moving to a new neuroscience building on Columbia's new Manhattanville campus, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, as part of the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

Our Center is administered as part of the Department of Neuroscience here at Columbia.

We are one of the theoretical neuroscience centers supported by the Swartz Foundation and by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Many of our faculty are also part of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia.

Many members of the center are post docs.

Most of the graduate students are earning their PhD from the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior.

Some graduate students are earning their PhD's from the departments of Applied Mathematics, Bioengineering, Biology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Statistics, and Psychology.

There are often interesting talks at the New York Academy of Sciences.

We go to lots of conferences, including Neuroscience, Cosyne, and CNS.

The Nature Network maintains a pretty good list of science going on in and around New York City.

Many of our models are built with Matlab, which has an extensive list of functions.