Using a multidisciplinary training approach, the Academy programs are designed to promote career opportunities for young scientists in the fields of clinical infectious diseases, microbiology, virology, immunology and molecular medicine. It also supports female scientists and young parents during critical phases of their career.
At the same time, Academy programs allow trained clinicians to sharpen their scientific profile in parallel to specializing in infectious diseases and to qualify for an academic career. For this, the DZIF Academy closely collaborates with the German Societies for Infectious Diseases (DGI) and Pediatric Infectious Diseases (DGPI) and will award the DZIF certificates “Excellence in Infectious Diseases” and “PhD in Infection Research”.
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. The DZIF Academy will fund up 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).
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 that enable MDs to obtain a PhD degree at one of the DZIF partner sites.
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.
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.
The DZIF annually awards two prizes of 5.000 Euro for exceptional translational infection research: the DZIF Prize for Fundamental Translational Infection Research and the DZIF Prize for Clinical Translational Infection Research. Candidates who significantly contributed to infection research in Germany can either be nominated by their mentors or apply directly to the DZIF Academy. Besides the DZIF awards Dissertation Prizes, together with German Societies in the field of infection research; worth up to 1,500 euros: with the German Society of Infectious Diseases (DGI), the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie (DGHM)" and the "Gesellschaft für Virologie" (GfV).
2018: Volker Lohmann, Heidelberg University Hospital, and Marylyn Addo, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
2017: Andreas Peschel, Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine Tübingen (IMIT)
2016: Florian Klein, University Hospital Cologne
2015: Markus Gerhard, Technische Universität München
2014: Stephan Urban, Heidelberg University Hospital
2018: Daniel Todt, Surabhi Goyal, Florian Lempp
2017: Johanna Galaski, Steffen Wiegand, Shuting Xu
2016: Stephanie Pfänder, Jan Naujoks, Angelique Hölzemer
2015: Jara Joedicke, Stephanie Jung and Zuguang Wu
2014: Jan-Moritz Doehn
2017: Sandrine Brugiroux, Angela Kling and Viktoria Liss
2016: Wiebke Behrens and Alexander Westermann
2015: Anna Müller, Irma Haben and Matthias Merker
2014: Ivo Finsel
2018: Étori Aguiar Moreira
2017: Florian Lempp
2016: Stephanie Pfänder
2015: Michaela Gerlach
2014: Yuchen Xia
EDUCATION & COACHING
The Academy additionally supports scientific progress and the training of next-generation scientists by enhancing scientific exchange and collaboration between partner sites through workshops, schools and coaching.
Schools and Workshops
- Summer Schools with a theoretical focus
- Autumn Schools with a translational and clinical focus
Excellence in scientific communication
Workshops and extended programmes. Guest Faculty: Paul Charlton.