top of page


We are continually seeking motivated students to join the MINT Lab. However, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we can only consider a limited number. 

For Undergraduate Students

Kadir Has University (KHAS) Students

Apply through the internship announcement we typically make once a year. You must pass the science exam and be accepted. Accepted students will be prioritized for undergraduate assistant positions (e.g., “maaşlı  bursiyer”) in TÜBİTAK projects and are encouraged to apply for TÜBİTAK STAR scholarships.

Non-KHAS Students

Undergraduate students can apply for a TÜBİTAK STAR scholarship and participate in projects led by Dr. Onurcan Yılmaz or Dr. Burak Doğruyol. Unfortunately, due to quota limitations, we cannot recruit non-KHAS undergraduate students outside this program. We receive numerous external applications weekly, but our capacity to evaluate these is limited.

For Graduate Students

External Applicants

To join MINT from inside or outside KHAS, apply to the KHAS Psychology MA or PhD program, selecting Dr. Onurcan Yılmaz or Dr. Burak Doğruyol as an advisor. If accepted, you'll automatically join the MINT Lab. All students accepted into KHAS graduate programs receive a 100% scholarship and are given priority for graduate assistant positions (e.g., “maaşlı bursiyer”) in ongoing TÜBİTAK projects. We encourage competent applicants, even from outside KHAS, to apply. Additionally, we don’t have a set quota for KHAS MA or PhD applications each year. We prioritize quality over quantity, and if the applications don’t meet our standards, we may choose not to admit students in a given year. If you believe you fit our lab's environment, we encourage you to apply.

Graduate Assistant Recruitment

We also announce openings for graduate assistant positions (e.g., “maaşlı bursiyer”) in ongoing projects on our website's main page. Applying to these announcements allows you to join MINT while pursuing graduate education elsewhere. These opportunities can arise anytime, so frequent website checks are recommended.

Before applying, we expect prospective students to read the following articles to gain a general understanding of our work and the research focus of the MINT Lab.

For undergraduate students

  • Isler, O., & Yilmaz, O. (2019). Intuition and deliberation in morality and cooperation: An overview of the literature. In J. Liebowitz (Ed.), Developing Informed Intuition for Decision-Making (pp. 101-113). Taylor & Francis.

  • Yilmaz, O. (2019) Evolutionary perspective. In: Shackelford T., Weekes-Shackelford V. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham.

  • Yılmaz, O., & Bayrak F. (2022). Ahlak psikolojisine giriş: Temel kavramlar, kuramsal yaklaşımlar ve tartışmalar [An introduction to moral psychology: Basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and debates]. Reflektif Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, 3(1), 27-50. doi: 10.47613/reflektif.2022.53.


For graduate students

The articles mentioned above are also essential for graduate student applicants. Additionally, we recommend that prospective graduate students review the following references for a more comprehensive understanding before applying.

  • Baron, J., Isler, O., & Yilmaz, O. (2023). Actively open-minded thinking and the political effects of its absence. In: Ottati, V. & Stern, C. (eds) Divided: Open-Mindedness and Dogmatism in a Polarized World, Oxford University Press.

  • Isler, O., & Yilmaz, O. (2023). How to activate intuitive and reflective thinking in behavior research? A comprehensive examination of experimental techniques. Behavior Research Methods, 55, 3679–3698.

  • Isler, O., Yilmaz, O., & Maule, J. (2021). Religion, parochialism and intuitive cooperation. Nature Human Behaviour, doi: 10.1038/s41562-020-01014-3.

  • Isler, O., Yilmaz, O., & Doğruyol, B. (2021). Are we at all liberal at heart? High-powered tests find no effect of intuitive thinking on moral foundations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 92, 104050. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2020.104050

  • Yilmaz, O. (2021). Cognitive styles and religion. Current Opinion in Psychology, 40, 150-154. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.09.014



Department of Psychology
Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Türkiye


mintlab (at) 

bottom of page