NSF student grant

NSF student grant

About the Grant

This grant is part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant DUE-0942497) that provides free access to educational tools in cognitive neuroscience. The goCognitive website hosts interviews with well-known researchers in cognitive neuroscience as part of its video archive.

The goal of this grant program is to enable undergraduate students enrolled at any institution of higher learning in the United States to plan and conduct an interview with a prominent researcher in a central domain of cognitive neuroscience/cognitive psychology. The interview will be taped and published through the goCognitive web site. Successful applicants will receive a travel grant up to $800 and an additional personal $300 stipend toward the interview. GoCognitive will be responsible for the taping, editing, and publication of the interview. Depending on the type of interview, students might be part of the taped interview or act as “off-screen” interviewers (click on the interview tab above for some examples).


  • Help plan and produce a video interview with a leading researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience
  • Meet a leading researcher in cognitive neuroscience to answer your questions about his or her research
  • Receive up to $1,100 in grant support for travel expenses related to the interview and a personal stipend through a grant from the National Science Foundation
  • Become part of the goCognitive team and create important educational materials for cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology
  • Have your name published on the goCognitive website

Application Criteria

Criteria for the selection of a particular interview proposal include: (1) relevance and quality of the proposal, (2) feasibility of the proposal (e.g., required travel, resources), and (3) diversity of the interviewers. Finalists will be interviewed via phone to evaluate their ability to communicate clearly in an interview situation.

Number of Grants

Up to 6 grants will be awarded in this round of proposals.


For any questions about this grant program, please contact Dr. Steffen Werner, . Please use “GCIGP-002” in the subject header of your email.

How to Apply

Submit a Short CV

Applicants are asked to submit a short CV (max 2 pages)

Submit Interview Proposal

The interview proposal needs to identify a topic of interest within cognitive neuroscience and summarize the relevance of the proposed topic to the goCognitive project (maximum 3 pages). Please list up to three different researchers who you think would be able to address the proposed topic in an interview.

Submit Letter of Support

In addition, applicants must include a letter of support from a faculty member at their home institution.

Send It In

Applications should be sent as pdf documents to
Please use “GCIGP-002” in the subject header of your email.

*Please DO NOT contact any researchers with requests for interviews – we will identify researchers willing to participate once the topic has been selected. Supporting materials, e.g., previous interview experiences or other outreach projects, may be submitted but are not required.

Application Deadlines

Proposals will be reviewed in the order they are received until the maximum amount of grants has been awarded. Deadline for the second round of proposals is February 29th, 2012. Taping will be scheduled according to the availability of the interviewee, the student grant recipient, and the support staff at goCognitive within six months of acceptance.