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DZIF Academy

Educating and training the next generation of researchers in infectious diseases is the aim of the DZIF Academy. Highly attractive educational programs for students and postgraduates are fundamental for excellent basic, translational and clinican scientists.

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.

„In 2017 alone, the Academy supported 59 fellows in four different programmes, and enabled congress participation and lab exchanges.“
Ulrike Protzer
Ulrike Protzer
Coordinator DZIF Academy, Munich

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”.

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Clinical Leave 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. 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).

Call for Clinical Leave Stipends

MD/PhD Stipends

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.

Call for MD/PhD Stipends

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.

Call for Maternity Leave Stipends

Stipends for medical students

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.

Laboratory Rotations

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. 

Call for Laboratory Rotations


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).

DZIF Prizes for Translational Infection Research 2019: Call for Application

DZIF Prize for Translational Infection Research

Prize winners

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

DZIF/DGI Dissertation Prize

Prize winners

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

DZIF/DGHM Dissertation Prize

Prize winners

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

DZIF/GfV Dissertation Prize

Prize winners

2018: Étori Aguiar Moreira

2017: Florian Lempp

2016: Stephanie Pfänder

2015: Michaela Gerlach

2014: Yuchen Xia



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.

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