About the Graduate School

The Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research is a joint graduate programme formed by a merger of the International Max Planck Research School AGE (IMPRS AGE) comprised of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research and the center of advanced european studies and research (caesar) and the University of Cologne CECAD Graduate School.

Our aim is to train a new generation of biomedical scientists, who can take on the diverse challenges of making fundamental scientific discoveries into the basic biology of ageing and translate them into im- provements in health and life for people as they grow older. To do this, we need to improve our un- derstanding of the underlying mechanisms that promote healthy ageing, and identify interventions and potential drug targets.

We offer first-class training in biological and medical disciplines with excellent research conditions and state-of-the-art technologies in an inter- national environment. The doctoral programme is completed by seminars and courses in ageing research as well as practical career development oppor- tunities. Our students receive a full scholarship for the duration of the programme. All communication and courses are conducted in English.

Key Features:

  • Three-year fully funded PhD fellowships
  • Excellent research environment for aging research
  • Interdisciplinary and structured PhD program in English
  • Intensive Support for international students 

We and our partner organizations cover a broad range of expertise. Together, we want to under- stand exactly how the ageing process acts as a risk factor for multiple types of ageing-related dys- function and pathology. This will require expertise in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, metabolism and metabolomics, endocrinology, demography, population genetics and the aetiology of ageing-related diseases.

"We offer our graduate students a great chance to achieve fulfilment in a vibrant scientific atmosphere!"

Linda Partridge,
Managing Director