Excellence programme

DZHK Junior Research Group

Aim of the DZHK Junior Research Groups is to win over qualified and talented young scientists from Germany and from abroad for the DZHK, or to support qualified and talented members of the Young DZHK on their way to an early scientific independence. By leading a junior research group, but also by taking on teaching duties to a reasonable extent, the young scientist shall become eligible for professorship. A DZHK junior research group may be funded for up to five years, up to 250.000 Euros per year may be requested.

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Clinician Scientist Programme

The Clinician Scientist Programme directs at young physicians with a doctoral degree who are at the start of their specialized medical training and who aim to follow a clinical and a scientific career. The programme combines the specialized medical training with a 'protected time' for research purposes. Up to 2.5 years of funding of the own position can be applied for to conduct an independent research project. The total programme duration is eight years at maximum. Participants should have acquired both their medical specification as well as the habilitation at the end of the programme.

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Postdoc Start-up Grant

Postdoc members of the Young DZHK may receive start-up funding for a self-contained research project to generate first data for subsequently submitting a research proposal for example to the DFG, the EU or the BMBF. Grants of up to 60.000 Euros for a period of up to one year can be applied for.

Rotation Grant for Medical Doctors

The aim of the DZHK Rotation Grant is to give medical doctors who are members of the Young DZHK and who are already part or wish to be part of a DZHK research project the opportunity to be released from patient care for one year. The fellow will be enabled to devote her/his time solely to the research project. The DZHK Rotation Grant will be put towards financing medical staff that will take on the fellow’s job of patient care. With the Rotation Grant we want to offer a funding module which strengthens clinical research within the DZHK in the long term.

Research Grant (release from teaching)

Members of the Young DZHK who have a teaching load of more than four weekly lecturing hours per semester may apply and thus obtain a release from teching for up to two semesters. The aim is to provide the applicant with a focused time of research during which the applicant may, for example, finish his/her habilitation. The DZHK Research Grant will be put towards financing staff that will take on the fellow’s job of teaching.

Reintegration Grant

With this module, the DZHK wants to facilitate the return to a DZHK partner institution for young scientists after family leave. Members of the Young DZHK whose contract expired at the beginning of or during family leave can apply. The grant secures the funding of the scientist's own position for a maximum period of six months.

Further information on excellence grants (intranet)

Romy Hribal, Coordinator Promotion of Young Scientists, DZHK main office
p.: +49 30 3465 529-04, excellencegrants(at)dzhk.de