Call for Clinical Leave Applications

The overall goal of the DZIF Academy is to close the gap of multidisciplinary training approaches within infection research in order to master the biological complexities associated with infectious diseases. To achieve this goal, the DZIF Academy will fund up to eight one-year clinical leave stipends per year for physicians in their clinical training.

The purpose of the program is to offer MDs currently working in direct or indirect patient care the chance to be fully released from clinical duties in order to pursue an experimental or clinical infection research project at one of the DZIF partner laboratories or study sites.  Stipend recipients from last year’s allocation period may also apply for a one-time six-month extension.  In addition, stipendiaries from the past who have not received an extension may apply for a six-month “follow-up” stipend in order to gain part-time or full-time release from duties to publish project results and/or apply for additional grants (e.g. DFG).

Maximum allocation: please note that individual funding in conjunction with the Clinical Leave Stipend may not exceed a total of 18 months.  New candidates applying for the initial one-year stipend should plan ahead whether to eventually pursue the six-month extension or the six-month “follow-up” stipend.

Clinical Leave Stipend: Who can apply?

  • MDs with active patient service for at least two years
  • MDs after board certification (Fachärzte)

Next Application Deadlines: April 1, 2017 & September 15, 2017

Applicants choose their host institution, which must be a member of one of the DZIF partner sites. The research program shall be coordinated between the applicant and the foreseen host institution, which should preferably take place outside the applicant’s home institution to increase interactions within DZIF. In the exceptional case where a research project would require use of resources within one’s home clinic or department, 50% of funding can be applied for if 50% of the position is co-funded by the home institution, and full release from the clinical duties must still be granted for the applicant.

The Clinical Leave Stipend covers the candidate´s full MD salary and ensures release for one year to pursue a translational research project. The host institution will receive 15.000 € for consumables.

Applications for the Clinical Leave Stipend and its extension must include:

Applications for the Clinical Leave “Follow-up” Stipend must include:

Applications will be reviewed based solely on the scientific quality of the project and its contribution to the mission of DZIF.  Applicants can anticipate an evaluation period of ten to twelve weeks. Please send all materials as a single PDF document to the DZIF academy:


For additional information, please contact Cauleen Noël by calling:
T +49 89 4140-9297