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Pilot Project of the Student Support Fund

Student assistant positition for students of the first generation

You are the first member of your family to have taken up studies (so-called "first generation" students) and would like to do academic work at the University of Cologne while you are still studying for your Bachelor's degree (or a comparable course of study with the aim of passing your first exam/ Staatsprüfung)?

You are a professor or head of a junior research group and would like to support the academic education of a student by taking on a first job as a student assistant?
Then apply jointly for the financing of a student assistant position. The positions are eight hours per week and are funded for the duration of two semesters.

The aim of the programme is to support students in their bachelor's degree or with the aim of passing their first (state) examination, who are the first member of their family to study, in their employment as a student assistant and to motivate them for an academic career. Starting in winter semester 2020/2021, up to 12 SHK positions will be funded, with a scope of eight hours per week and for the duration of two semesters.


The application is made together with the student and a professor or junior research group leader.
For further details on how to apply, please see the call for applications and the guidelines (only available in german).




Prorector for Academic Career and Equal Opportunities

Contact and consulting

Anne Haffke
Referat Gender & Diversity Management

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