Application info

A key aim of this school is to foster close collaboration and camaraderie between students, teaching assistants, and faculty. Students will be working hard on their projects and taking part in many social activities with each other and the faculty. For this reason, all students will be required to stay in the student accommodation, attend all meals and activities etc. This also means costs are essentially the same for all students. Note though that bursaries and travel grants will be provided to as many students as possible, on a basis of need and merit. In your application, specify what financial contribution you can make and be sure to request financial assistance where asked.

The format of the school will be a combination of intensive lectures on advanced topics in computational and theoretical neuroscience as well as practical exercises in simulation and data analysis. In addition, students will perform a mini-research project under the supervision of one of the school tutors, to be presented at the end of the school.

Cost and bursaries

The total fee for the Imbizo2023 is EUR 1,200.00.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, significant financial assistance is available to reduce and waiver fees for students, as well as to provide some travel bursaries. If you need financial assistance to attend the Imbizo, please state so clearly in the relevant section of your application.

NOTE: we cannot guarantee full financial assistance to non-resident African or non-African applicants. African students are particularly strongly encouraged to apply.

Frequently asked questions

Find our FAQ here.


Applications are closed

Acceptance: December 2022 (approx)

Frequently asked questions

What is computational neuroscience?

Computational neuroscience is a rapidly expanding subject focussed on understanding and modeling the brain, while helping to designing and interpret future experiments. This school aims to promote computational neuroscience in Africa by bringing together international and local students under the tutelage of world-leading experts in the field.

I am very introverted and the Imbizo is an intensive social experience, will I cope?

The social interactions and community ethos define the Imbizo (it’s in the name!), so isolating yourself the entire time will not work. Having said that, we all have our own “social energy” quota and as such understand that some personal time is important too. Whether on the beach or in your room, there will be moments for reflection. We do expect, however, for you to engage in the planned social activities which occur 3-4 times per week.

I’m not sure if I’m a good fit for the school, should I still apply?

Yes! Give yourself every opportunity to succeed by applying in the first place and getting good references about your character.

The Imbizo is an opportunity to grow, explore, and learn new things while meeting amazing people along the way. Diverse backgrounds complement the experience and benefit the group dynamics; each participant will have their own journey to share.

I am a resident of Cape Town, do I need to pay the full fee?

Yes, all students will be working hard on their projects and taking part in many social activities with each other and the faculty. For this reason, all students will be required to stay in the student accommodation, attend all meals and activities etc. This also means costs are essentially the same for all students. Note though that bursaries and travel grants will be provided to as many students as possible, on a basis of need and merit. In your application, specify what financial contribution you can make and be sure to request financial assistance where asked.