Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research in Germany

Deadline: 07 January 2019
Open to: applicants with a Master’s or equivalent degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, pharmacology, neuroscience medical biology, translated medicine or related fields
Venue: Cologne, Germany


The Cologne Graduate School offers an international research environment, characterized by outstanding ageing research, excellent supervision, early independence in research and state-of-the-art facilities. They are dedicated to providing first-class conditions for young scientists in a cutting edge and inspiring environment. Their competitive PhD programme provides a world-class starting platform for a successful career in science.

The programme is highly selective and invites outstanding university graduates wishing to work towards a PhD in the fields of ageing and age-related diseases to become part of the vibrant and international research scene in the

Candidates are selected based on their academic qualifications and research accomplishments. 25 candidates will be invited to an on-site selection week. Selected candidates can start their PhD position between July and October 2019. All accepted students will be enrolled through the University of Cologne.Cologne/Bonn area.


Their international and interdisciplinary faculty offers positions in the areas of cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, pharmacology, neuroscience medical biology, translated medicine or related fields. They invite applicants with a Master’s or equivalent degree of the above mentioned or related fields. Applicants with a degree in medicine are equally welcome to apply provided they have sufficient relevant research experience. Furthermore, candidates require excellent written and spoken English skills (C1 level).


You will take part a structured curriculum, including lecture series, journal clubs, retreats, and intensive and exclusive training in scientific and soft skills as well as a personalized career mentoring programme. Furthermore, you will have access to a yearly travel grant of €1,000 for conferences. You will develop skills outside of official modules such as event organization including practice in fundraising and inviting as well as interacting with internationally renowned guest speakers. Being part of the CGA, you cannot only rely on the support of the Coordination Office but also on the CGA network consisting of your classmates, senior students and alumni! Besides being able to interact with highly talented students from various countries, classes and social events such as a regulars’ table bring together students working on different research topics which tremendously facilitates networking and starting collaborations.

How to apply?

Only complete applications submitted via the online application portal will be accepted and further processed.

For more detailed information please visit the official website.