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Erste Generation Promotion Mentoring+

Erste Generation Promotion Mentoring+

The program Erste Generation Promotion Mentoring+ (First Generation Doctorates Mentoring+) is a service for doctoral candidates as well as students in their final year who come from non-academic backgrounds. The program matches interested candidates with mentors who themselves share this non-academic background. They support them in planning and realizing their projects, and the shared experience is the basis for openly discussing questions and problems around topics such as the doctoral dissertation itself, academic habitus and career advice. The program comprises of one-to-one mentoring and workshops designed for the specific needs of the mentees.

The program is open for doctoral candidates and students in their final year of all genders and from all faculties of the University of Cologne. The workshops are held in German. The mentoring can be conducted in German or English.

Application for EGP Mentoring+ 2019

The application phase for the EGP Mentoring+ will begin on June 3rd 2019. Until July 2nd, interested persons can submit their application documents. The application stands open to all graduates of the University of Cologne, as well as advanced master students, who will finish their studies in the near future at the University of Cologne and want’s to start a PhD. Basis for attending is one’s own non-academic family background.
With participation in the program, the Mentees commit themselves to attend the One-to-One Mentoring, three accompanying half-day networking meetings and four all-day workshops.
The selection is made of a written application and a personal selection interview.
Application documents
The application as a mentee should include the following documents:
- Application form for Mentees
- CV
- Motivation letter (one page)  
In your motivation letter, please tell us why you would like to participate in the EGP Mentoring+. What are you expecting from EGP Mentoring+ and what does it mean for you to be "first generation"?
Please send us your application documents in one PDF-Document to the following e-mail address: egpmentoring(at)
Application procedure
The selection process begins when the application period expires. After an invitation to a personal interview, max. 15 Mentees will be admitted in the program. The interviews will take place between the 16 and 27 July. The applicants will receive a written confirmation. After the completion of the matching process, the mentees contact their mentor. The official program starts in October 2019 with a half-day networking meeting. This is followed by regular workshops and networking meetings.


Ann-Kristin Kolwes
Project Coordinator "Erste Generation Promotion Mentoring+"

Telefon +49 221 470 3104
E-Mail a.kolwes(at)