Master fellowship programme

Do you hold a BSc degree in life science and are eager to explore the field of ageing research in a cutting-edge and interdisciplinary environment of the Cologne ageing cluster? 

The Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research offers a new Master Fellowship programme for excellent and motivated students that wish to learn more about ageing research, while pursuing the Master studies in the Biological Science or Biochemistry Master programmes of the University of Cologne. 

Your benefits

Master fellowship holders will be supported with a monthly fellowship of €861 for the duration of their studies (maximum 1.5 years). During their Master thesis project, they will be equipped with a working contract. All admitted students pick a principal investigator of our internationally renowned faculty as student mentor. Being part of the mentor’s group, Master fellows actively engage in scientific and social activities of the chosen group and have regular advisory meetings with their mentor. Thus, already at an early stage of their scientific career, our students have the unique chance to identify the research field they are most passionate about for their future path as PhD student.


We encourage highly motivated, outstanding candidates that hold a Bachelor degree in biological sciences, Biochemistry or a related subject to apply for the CGA Master fellowship programme. Premise of being awarded with a Master fellowship is the admission to the MSc in Biological Sciences or Biochemistry programme of the University of Cologne. Furthermore, all candidates require excellent written and spoken English skills (C1 level).

Please note that an application to one of the Master programmes at the University is a separate and independent step.
For the Master programme in Biological Science, please apply here:
For the Master programme in Biochemistry, please apply here:

Master students who have recently started their Master studies in the Master in Biological Sciences or Biochemistry programmes at the University of Cologne and have received excellent grades during the first subject modules are welcome to apply!

Application and Admission

Application for the CGA Master fellowship programme will be possible from late March 2023 on for Master studies starting in winter term 2023. Please note that the deadline for students applying for the relevant MSc programmes in Biological Sciences and Biochemsitry at the University of Cologne will also be July 15, 2023! (Please note that different deadlines for applications via UniAssist may apply, for further information please visit the respective MSc programme's website).

Application for the Master fellowship programmes takes place via our online application portal.
For the online application you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Statement on past and current research interest (250 words)
  • Statement on motivation to join the Master fellowship programme (250 words)
  • Specification of your desired mentor (see list of possible mentors in the application portal)
  • Indication two academic advisors as referees
  • Provision of CV, certificates, transcripts and other supporting documents as separate pdf files

All candidates will be recruited in August 2022, based on the online profiles and submitted documents. Admitted students can start their Master studies as fellowship holders in October 2022.

Check out our FAQs if you have any further questions.

Application for the CGA Master fellowship programme for Master studies starting in winter term 2023 will be open again from late March 2023 on.

Application to the Biological Sciences or Biochemistry Master Programme of the University of Cologne is premise and an independent step. All application requirements, formal steps and deadlines are specified at or Please note that different deadlines for international applicants via UniAssist may apply and are indicated on their website.