How does acceptance work?

Those who are interested in applying for a doctorate take note: lately, changes were made in the Authority for Research Students in the process of applying and acceptance for doctoral studies.

 

Acceptance to the doctoral track in the Department of Psychology is conditional upon approval from the Authority for Research Students and approval from the department.

 

For the Authority for Research Students website and to look at the procedures for submitting candidacy for the doctorate and for registration procedures, click here (in Hebrew).

The Department of Psychology requires that the candidate be accepted to one of the following doctoral tracks: the regular track, the "immediate” track, the "direct A” track or the "direct b” track.

 
 

The regular Ph.D. track in the Department of Psychology is intended for students who finished their M.A. studies (including the M.A. thesis). Before applying to the Authority for Research Students, candidates in this track much find an advisor from among the senior faculty of the department and a formulated topic for the Ph.D. thesis that is agreed upon by the advisor.

 
The Authority for Research Students will transfer the candidate’s request for discussion among the Doctorate Committee of the department that will discuss and decide whether to accept the candidate. During the admissions process, a lot of weight will be given to information regarding the candidate’s excellence in research.
A successful completion of an M.A. thesis does not guarantee acceptance into the doctoral track.
 
The committee's decision will be sent by the Authority for Research Students.
 
 
Direct Ph.D tracks
 
Aside from the regular Ph.D. track, the Department of Psychology has three "direct” doctoral acceptance tracks. The department views these tracks as tracks for academic excellence. Students who are accepted to these tracks will be entitled to a stipend from the Department of Psychology in the amount of 2,000 NIS a month (as of 2011).
 
Applicants that are interested in the direct tracks are requested to fill this form and transfer it to Eti Mozes-Mizrachi via e-mail to etim@savion.huji.ac.il
 
Acceptance to these tracks requires full academic participation from research students; participation is manifested in your presence in the department, assisting in instruction, participation in the specialization seminars etc.
 
This track is intended for a small group of outstanding students who have completed their B.A. studies and are interested in completing doctoral studies in the course of five years. Students who start this track will finish their M.A. studies in their area of specialization during the first stage, and will submit a doctoral thesis proposal by the end of their third year of studies. During the second stage, students will take advanced courses for the Ph.D. and will complete the doctoral thesis.
 
Those who are accepted to the immediate track are entitled to (as of 2011) a stipend of at least 24,000 NIS a year for a maximum of three years (in the considerations for awarding a stipend from the department, other sources of scholarships are taken into account).
There is no option to apply for the Immediate Track. One should apply to the Masters program following the regular procedure and the department will contact suitable candidates.
 
This track is intended for students who successfully complete the first year of the M.A. in the department.
 
Admission requirements for this track are:
 
· Completion of all the first year requirements, including tests and papers, by the end of the first exam period (the end of July).
 
· Completion of 20-26 credits (according to the particulars of each specialization) in the first year, including the research seminar, research seminar paper, and the course "Advanced Research Methods” (51895).
 
· A grade average of at least 90 in M.A. courses.
 
· A final grade of at least 90 in methodological courses (research methods).
 
A student who is interested in studying in this track and has fulfilled all of the above admission requirements is invited to contact the Office for Student Affairs (Room 2609) by the end of August. To the request, one should attach a professional C.V., a statement of purpose for research, and two recommendations- one from the research seminar paper advisor.
 
A student who is accepted to the direct track at the end of the first year of the M.A. must complete all of his requirements for the degree and submit a doctoral thesis proposal to the Advisory Committee two years from the date in which he was accepted into the track (by September 30th of that year).
 
The department will endeavor to award a stipend (in the amount of 2,000 NIS per month, as of 2011) to students studying in this track for a period of two years, and subject to other scholarships the student is receiving.
 
This track is intended for students who successfully complete the second year of the M.A. in the department.
 
Admission requirements for this track are:
 
· Completion of all the second year requirements, including tests and papers, by the end of the first exam period (the end of July).
 
· Completion of 40-53 credits (according to the particulars of each specialization) in the second year, including the research seminar, research seminar paper, the course "Advanced Research Methods” (51895), and the practicum.
 
· A grade average of at least 90 in M.A. courses.
 
· A final grade of at least 90 in methodological courses (research methods).
 
A student who is interested in studying in this track and has fulfilled all of the above admission requirements is invited to contact the Office for Student Affairs (Room 2609) by the end of August. To the request, one should attach a professional C.V., a statement of purpose for research, and two recommendations- one from the research seminar paper advisor. In addition, the candidate should attach approval from an advisor with his consent to advise the doctoral thesis.
 
A student who is accepted to the direct track at the end of the second year of the M.A. must complete all of his requirements for the degree and submit a doctoral thesis proposal to the Advisory Committee one year from the date in which he was accepted into the track (by September 30th of that year).
 
The department will endeavor to award a stipend (in the amount of 2,000 NIS per month, as of 2011) to students studying in this track for a period of two years, and subject to other scholarships the student is receiving.
 
Notes regarding acceptance to direct tracks for the Ph.D.:
 
· In exceptional cases, the committee will discuss candidates who have not completely fulfilled all of the requirements.
 
· A student who does not submit a proposal on time will leave the direct track and will finish his studies as a Masters student.
 
· Direct track students will not be permitted to start a clinical internship before the research proposal is approved.