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Funding round summer semester 2023/2024

Student assistant positition for students of the first generation

Do you come from a non-academic home (so-called 1st generation students) and would like to do academic work during your Bachelor's degree at the University of Cologne?

Are you a professor or head of a junior research group and would like to support the academic higher education of a 1st generation student through an initial employment as a student assistant?

Then apply jointly for the financing of a student assistant (SHK). The SHK positions have a scope of 9.89 hours per week (43 hours/month) and are funded for a maximum of two consecutive semesters, starting in the winter semester 2023/2024.

The aim of the programme is to facilitate access to the science system for students who who come from a non-academic home and studying for a Bachelor's degree programme or a degree programme with the aim of taking their first (state) examination, and to strengthen their motivation for an academic career by linking them to a chair/research institution/ junior research group at an early stage. At the same time, the financing of the studies is supported by a study-related activity.

Application 2023

Applications must be submitted jointly as a tandem (student and professor/early-career researchers) until 04 Juny 2023.

Further details on the application process can be found in the call for proposals and the guidelines, which are linked below (unfortunately only available in german).


Contact and consulting

Phone: 0221/470 3224
E-Mail: SHK-ErsteGeneration(at)




Prorectorate for Anti-Discrimnination and Equal Opportunities