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Call DZHK Clinician Scientist Programme

The DZHK wants to promote the career path 'Clinician Scientist' which actively combines research and patient care. The DZHK Clinician Scientist Programme supports young medical doctors who are in their specialized medical training and who aim to pursue a clinical and a scientific career. Within a structured programme participants are enabled to perform an independent research project and successful graduates could aquire both, the medical specification as well as the habilitation. A 'protected time' to conduct an independent research project is funded and a structured curriculum is provided.

Eligible to apply are young medical doctors holding a doctorate who are in the first four years of their specialized medical training. Periods of family leave within the eligibility period are taken into account.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Completed doctorate
  • Physician in specialized medical training
  • Employment at a DZHK partner site institution or a job offer (official letter from the department chair)
  • Member or commitment to become a member of the Young DZHK
  • Employer’s agreement to release the applicant for protected research times

Funding period and subject matter of funding
The Clinician Scientist Programme funds up to 2.5 years of the own position for research purposes. The total programme period is up to eight years (specialized medical training and ‘protected research timeʼ). Research times can be determined as it applies best to the planned research project and clinical duties, either en bloc or in a cumulative manner. The release from clinical duties during the funding periods is obligate.

Two accompanying mentors
An annual DZHK Clinician Scientist meeting
Participation in measures to improve scientific skills and knowledge
Attendance in the annual DZHK retreat
Participation in the DGK/DZHK workshop series

Dates and deadlines
Application is possible once a year. Applicants submit their proposal to the respective partner site which forwards preselected applications to the DZHK main office by February 28th. Closing dates for submission differ among the partner sites. For details the partner site managements need to be contacted.

Application documents and further information
For application documents and further information please contact Romy Hribal (

Romy Hribal, Coordinator Promotion of Young Scientists, DZHK-Main office
Tel.: 030 3465 529-04, excellencegrants(at)