IBRAiN Program

IBACS-BIRC Research Assistantships in Neuroimaging


The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) is offering graduate assistantships of 10 hours per week during the Fall (2021) and Spring (2022) semesters at the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). During the first year, assistants will be trained in neuroimaging methods, data science, and reproducibility. Assistants will spend the remaining allocated hours at BIRC, supporting users of BIRC facilities. This could involve helping design and implement experimental procedures for fMRI, EEG, tDCS, TMS etc., recruitment and prepping of participants, data analysis, or overseeing use of equipment by others. Applicants will be expected to commit to the full duration of the assistantship (Fall & Spring). Funds may be available during Summer 2022 to enable IBRAiN students to pursue their own research at BIRC. IBRAiN students also receive an allocation of 20 hours of MRI time to be used at BIRC during the course of the fellowship.


This application is now closed. 


  • Graduate Students at UConn working on topics related to the IBACS mission are eligible to apply, with priority given to students whose research will involve, or has involved, neuroimaging methods (fMRI, dEEG, tDCS, or TMS), and who will incorporate these methods into their master’s or dissertation research. Subject to funding and other constraints, these assistantships could be renewed for a further year.
  • Graduate students intending to apply who are not already IBACS affiliates should fill out the affiliate membership form available here.
  • Recipients of the IBACS Graduate Fellowship are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 10 hours per week during the Fall (2021) and Spring (2022) semesters. This usually means that more than 10 hours of TA or other commitment renders you ineligible.


All applicants must submit a completed application, by any deadlines described above in the Key Dates section. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their primary supervisor will be willing to submit a supporting statement (see below):

The application form is to be filled in by the student here.
Applicants will be asked for

  • A summary of work carried out to date (1/2 page max)
  • A summary plan of future work and how neuroimaging will form an integral part of the applicant’s graduate research (1/2 page max)
  • A research timeline, detailing how the IBRAiN training and use of the MRI allocation will align with degree milestones.
  • A brief statement of experience relevant to the IBRAiN program, and a brief statement of how the applicant’s own research could benefit.
  • An up-to-date CV

A copy of the application will be sent automatically to the applicant’s primary advisor for approval. The advisor will need to write a letter of support to complete the application process. The letter of support should address:

  • How neuroimaging would be incorporated into the advisor’s research program, or how an IBRAiN award would facilitate the next stage of an existing neuroimaging research program.
  • An approximate timeline (i.e. for grant submission), for the use of seed grant time to obtain pilot data and support the student’s degree milestones.

Additional details will be provided once the application has been submitted.


Reviewers of full proposals will be asked to consider the following review criteria, as well as the advisor’s separate statement:

  • The applicant’s progress, achievements, background, as well as potential benefits to the student and their advisor, and to the program.

Priority may be given to applicants who have experience in one or more of the methods (particularly MRI and/or EEG) in use at BIRC, or whose research might use such methods within the next year, or whose advisor is committed to establishing a new program of research in neuroimaging, or who have some programming experience (e.g. in Python, Shell, Matlab). 


If you have trouble with any part of the application process, or you are unsure about eligibility, you can contact ibacs@uconn.edu or email our Institute Coordinator, Crystal Mills, at crystal.mills@uconn.edu.