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Clinician Scientist Fellowships


Are you considering a career as a clinician scientist? Apply to our fellowships!

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. The DKFZ is a prime location to pursue basic and translational oncology research in one of its six research programs. 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 by gaining research experience. 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 Program

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 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 great flexibility. Therefore, Fellows must 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.

DKFZ working contracts for Clinician Scientist Fellows in the program are exclusively intended for academic research purposes. In a part-time capacity, these contracts can align with agreements from other institutions. If fellows wish to pursue clinical work alongside the fellowship, it is their responsibility to independently explore and apply for a clinician position elsewhere.



DKFZ-PMCC Clinician and Medical Scientist Program


The DKFZ-PMCC (Princess Margaret Cancer Center) international program for clinician and medical scientists in translational cancer reserach and medicine is part of the Clinician Scientist Program. This special fellowship aims to promote excellent professional training and education of clinician and medical scientists in oncology and to provide the basis for a world-class transatlantic platform for translational cancer research, as well as for long-term interactions between the participating centers.

The core-element of the program are joint tandem research projects between the DKFZ and PMCC. Each tandem research project is conducted by one fellow, who has two mentors, one from PMCC and one from DKFZ. Therefore it includes at least one research stay of the fellow at both institutes.

The duration of the tandem research projects is 2 to 4 years and the program covers the costs of the salary and travel expenses of the fellow. It is envisioned that joined projects will result in common publications, common abstracts for scientific meeting and/or common research grants and should end in a joint publication.


How to Apply

Find more information on how to apply for our Clinician Scientist Fellowship on our dedicated webpage here.

Click here to download our Application Guide (PDF document) containing detailed information on the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program and the Clinician Scientist Fellowships.


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

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