High quality research in infectious diseases requires the combination of classical (protein chemistry, molecular genetics and medical microbiology) and advanced state-of-the-art technologies (imaging methods, proteomics, structural biology, next generation sequencing, RNAi based high throughput approaches, systems biology, bioinformatics etc.). The DZIF Academy will fund laboratory rotations in order to foster a deeper understanding of these methods and help master targeted applications.
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. In 2016, the DZIF Academy will fund up to ten one-year clinical leave stipends for physicians in their clinical training. Stipend recipients from last year’s allocation period may also apply for a one-time six-month extension. Also, stipend recipients from former years 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).
MD/PhD Stipend Applications
Reflecting its dedication to training next-generation Clinician Scientists, the DZIF Academy will allocate up to three full-time stipends for two years or six part-time MD/PhD stipends for three years (start 2016) that enable MDs to obtain a PhD degree at one of the DZIF partner sites.
Maternity Leave Stipends
To encourage and facilitate the reintegration of women scientists after maternity leave or extended parental leave (Elternzeit), the DZIF Academy offers maternity leave stipends that allow part-time or full-time reintegration of DZIF PIs or employees in DZIF-funded projects.
The DZIF Academy supports the overall DZIF objective of attracting young students into infection research by granting up to six MD stipends to all DZIF focus sites per year. The purpose of the DZIF MD Stipend is to support medical students interested in performing an experimental study and joining a structured doctoral program to obtain their MD. Because of the individuality of their programs, all DZIF sites have established their own structured doctoral programs that enable medical students to complete a doctoral thesis in infection research.
The DZIF MD Stipend grants recipients twelve to eighteen months of release from the routine medical curriculum in order to achieve full-time dedication to thesis-related research. Interested candidates should please contact their local DZIF site manager or the DZIF Academy in order to receive more information.
The DZIF Academy supports first or last authors of DZIF-funded projects with grants for presenting their research at national or international scientific events. Presentations may be oral or in poster format.