About the Brain Battle

Brain Battle is a new competition for MSc students or MSc graduates looking to do an industrial PhD in neuroscience at Lundbeck in affiliation with a Danish university.

At the Brain Battle finale, participants will compete by presenting their Master’s thesis in a simple, engaging and compelling way to high school students with a strong interest in  science. Students will vote on the presentation they find the most compelling and interesting for the future.


The competition is part of the annual event Forskningens Døgn – a science festival enabling science communication between researchers and the broader public.


Participants will be evaluated by the Lundbeck Brain Battle selection committee as follows:


A compelling written letter of motivation including scientific interests and skills, CV, grade transcripts and letters of recommendation. The letter of motivation should clearly indicate in which area the applicant wishes to continue their PhD education e.g. preclinical in vitro, preclinical in vivo, clinical project, bioinformatics, genetics etc. The written material will be used to select candidates for interviews and match candidates with potential Lundbeck supervisors.


Interviews with selected candidates to further clarify scientific interests and skills as well as motivation to do an industrial PhD at Lundbeck.


Following the assessment of the letter of motivation, scientific background and interviews, 3 finalists will be selected to advance to the Brain Battle finale.