Clinician Scientist Fellowships


Are you considering a career as a clinician scientist? Apply now!

The German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg belongs to the leading cancer research centers worldwide and commits itself to strengthening the research profile of clinician scientists. Team up with a strong partner to support your translational research ambitions and take advantage of tailored opportunities to gain basic and translational cancer research experience in a world-class scientific setting. 

DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships are offered to physicians who are conducting specialized medical training and who wish to enhance their careers. The fellowships are distinguished by protected research time, comprehensive training offers and intersectoral mentoring relationships.

The center supports you to expand your research experience and to establish your own scientific network. Use this unique opportunity to complement your clinical training and to actively develop your long-term career perspectives as a clinician scientist!

Find more information below about eligibility criteria and details on how to apply.


DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships 2019

Please note that the Call for Applications 2019 has CLOSED on 15 March 2019. Next Calls for Clinician Scientist Fellowships will be announced on these pages.


Salaries for DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships are competitive by national standards and are negotiated and confirmed during the recruitment phase should a fellowship be offered.

Fellowship contracts are initially offered for a duration of two years and can be used within the Clinician Scientist Program period of 4 years, e.g. if clinical work needs to be interspersed. We acknowledge that clinician scientists' careers need to be handled with a great amount of flexibility. Therefore, Fellows are required to develop their individual fellowship timeline together with their mentors and present this to the Clinician Scientist Program Office within the first 1,5 months after starting the fellowship.




We are looking for clinical candidates who ...

  • show enthusiasm for science and have a wish to link basic and clinical research
  • have obtained a higher degree (equivalent to MD or MD-PhD)
  • are at an early stage of their career (physicians in specialized medical training, Germany: Facharztausbildung)
  • Prior experience in a cancer-relevant research area is desirable but not a must
  • Fellowship applications are open for national and international candidates who wish to focus on basic and translational cancer research.

How to apply for a DKFZ Fellowship?


DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Im Neuenheimer Feld 280

69120 Heidelberg



Phone: +49 6221 42 1668

In order to prepare your application please make sure to compile all the required information in one single PDF document which you need to upload during the online application process:

  • Curriculum vitae (incl. publication list and documentation of your clinical/research experience)
  • One-page motivation letter (incl. statement of your research interests)
  • Copy of degree certificates (originals, transcripts and translations if applicable)
  • Contact details of two references who are familiar with your work

Applications need to be submitted in English.

What happens after you submitted your application?

The selection procedure for the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships is composed of multiple steps which are highlighted below.

Selection Process


  1. All application documents submitted will be evaluated by the Clinician Scientist Program Committee in a competitive selection process.
  2. We will then invite candidates who have successfully passed this first selection step for a visit to the DKFZ in Heidelberg. Letters of invitation will be provided for VISA application if necessary.


  1. About 8-10 weeks after the application deadline, a two day DKFZ Clinician Scientist Symposium (incl. interviews) will be held in Heidelberg. A number of invited candidates will be participating in this event.
  2. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with individual division heads and research group leaders to discuss about potential research projects.
  3. In addition, candidates will meet with members of the Clinician Scientist Program Committee to present a former research project or a scientific publication and to discuss about their plans for the fellowship time at the center. 

 STEP 3:

  1. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection process shortly after the symposium.
  2. Start dates for fellowships will be mutually agreed after acceptance of the offered fellowship contract. Normally, fellowship positions should be filled within 6 months after the fellowship has been awarded.

The DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program is supported by the Dieter Morszeck Foundation.

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