The German University of Cologne Scholarship in the fields of aging is offered within an international research environment, characterized by outstanding aging research, excellent supervision, early independence in research and modern facilities. 

Providing first-class conditions for young scientists in a cutting-edge and inspiring environment. This competitive PhD program provides a world-class launching pad for a successful career in science.

The program is highly selective and invites outstanding university graduates who wish to work towards a PhD in the fields of aging and age-related diseases to become part of the vibrant international research scene in the Cologne/Bonn area.

 Financial support during the PhD at the University of Cologne?

  • All doctoral students receive an employment contract including social benefits for 3 years. 
  • Pay is based on the German salary scale
  • The monthly gross salary is approximately €2 in the first year
  • Equivalent doctoral support contract from the Max Planck Society
  • If the doctoral project is not completed within 3 years, the principal investigator concerned will fund the student for at least one additional year or until the completion of the doctorate on the same terms. 
  • Depending on the affiliation to the research group, the employment contract will be either with the University of Cologne, the University Hospital of Cologne or the Max Planck Society. 

Is support provided to great students?

Support is provided to students with disabilities in all cooperating institutes. Please indicate your disability status in your application and upload relevant certificates if applicable. If you require additional support, you can send a request to the donor so that you can make arrangements ahead of time (such as supporting equipment or adapting educational materials).

Requirements and conditions of the University of Cologne

Our international and multidisciplinary faculty offers positions in the fields of cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, pharmacology, medical biology in neuroscience, translational medicine or related fields. 

Applicants with a Master's degree or equivalent in the above or related fields. Applicants with a medical degree are also welcome to apply provided they have sufficient relevant research experience.

Candidates require excellent skills in English language Spoken and written (level C1).

Selection procedures for the University of Cologne Scholarship

Candidates are selected based on their academic qualifications, research achievements and motivation. Following your online application, up to 40 candidates will be invited to online team interviews which will take place in December and up to 25 candidates will be invited to our recruitment week running from 6-10 February.

If the recruitment week is to occur the website or online will be determined based on the development of the epidemic and communicated in a timely manner. In case of the online recruitment week, accepted candidates will be given individual visits to our partner institutes and host laboratories after the recruitment week. 

The PhD position can start between July and October. All accepted students will be registered through the University of Cologne.