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 Master programme of the University of Cologne. 

Your benefits

Master fellowship holders will be supported for 1.5 years with a monthly fellowship of 800 € and a working contract during the Master thesis project. 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 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 programme of the University of Cologne. Furthermore, all candidates require excellent written and spoken English skills (C1 level).

Please note that an application to the Master programme at the University is a separate and independent step. Please apply on the webpage of the University of Cologne:

Master students who have recently started their Master studies in the Master of Science in Biological Sciences programme 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 is possible from February 25 –July 15, 2019 for Master studies starting in October 2019. Please consider that there might be different application deadlines for the MSc in Biological Sciences programme!

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 selected in July/August 2019, based on the online profiles and submitted documents. Admitted students can start their Master studies as fellowship holders in October 2019.



Check out our FAQs if you have any further questions.

Application Deadlines

Application for the CGA Master fellowship programme is possible from February 25 –July 15, 2019 for Master studies starting in October 2019.