Call for MD/PhD Stipends

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. MDs in particular are encouraged to pursue a career in infection research and contribute to the translation of novel findings from bench to bedside. Reflecting its dedication to training next-generation Clinician Scientists, the DZIF Academy will grant up to approximately three full-time MD/PhD stipends for two years or six part-time MD/PhD stipends for three years in order to enable MDs the opprotunity to obtain an additional doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat. or PhD) at one of the DZIF partner sites.

Who can apply?

  • MDs (Physicians - Ärzte - or Dr. med.) in active patient service
  • Advanced medical students nearing completion of medical studies

Physicians (Ärzte) and advanced medical students without the Dr. med. will be expected to complete their medical doctoral thesis within the first year of their MD/PhD stipend. An approximate date for the Dr. med. defense must be included in the application.

Next Application Deadlines: Friday, March 29, 2019

Applicants may choose their host institution, which must be a member of DZIF.  The research program shall be coordinated between the applicant and host institution. The full-time stipend covers a full salary (up to 80.000 € per year) and ensures 100% release from clinical duties for two years. Part-time candidates interested in pursuing specialist training (Facharztausbildung) parallel to their PhD will receive a 50% stipend for three years (with confirmation from clinical head to cover the other 50% of salary) and dedicate their workload respectively. Documentation of a clear divide between clinical work and research will be required.  

Host laboratories will receive 15.000 € per year (7.500 € per year for part-time stipends) for consumables. Prolongation of the DZIF MD-PhD stipend is currently not possible, but the option is under discussion. To allow time for evaluation and administrative processing, please note that the earliest possible start date of the stipend would be 01. September 2019.


Applications must include:

  • Application form
  • Motivation letter including long-term career goals (max. 1 page)
  • Applicant’s CV (including publications and conference presentations)
  • Mentor’s CV & publication record (last 4 years); list of doctoral and/or medical students supervised in the last 5 years incl. publications
  • Validation from medical program director foreseeing the completion of medical studies and/or medical doctoral thesis if not yet obtained
  • Form declaring clinical director´s approval of release: "Bestätigung über Freistellung von der klinischen Tätigkeit"
  • Confirmation from DZIF site coordinator

Please note that candidates must apply to their structured doctoral program of interest independent of the DZIF stipend application. Integration into a structured doctoral program is a pre-requisite for funding. A maximum of 3 applicants per partner site will be allowed. 

Applications will be reviewed based on candidate´s qualifications and quality of the scientific project in relation to the DZIF mission. Please send all application materials as a single PDF document to


For additional information, please contact Dr Karen Schmidt-Bäse by calling
T +49 89 4140-9297