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Annual Fellowship Call 2024

The Clinician Scientist Program offers DKFZ-funded fellowships for national and international clinician scientists through a competitive recruitment process.


The annual Call for the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships is currently open. Apply here.

Application Guidelines

Click here to download our Application Guide (PDF document) containing detailed information on the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program and the Clinician Scientist Fellowships. In there you will find more info on how to prepare and submit your fellowship application and on the different steps of the selection process.



We are looking for clinical candidates who ...

  • show enthusiasm for science and wish to link basic and clinical research
  • have obtained a higher medical degree (equivalent to MD-PhD)
  • are at an early stage of their career, i.e. are currently working on their specialized medical training (Germany: Facharztweiterbildung).
  • 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



Please compile the following required documents into one single pdf and upload it on the application portal. Applications need to be submitted in English.

  • 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


Important Notes:

Candidates are encouraged to contact division heads and group leaders before applying to discuss potential projects. Visit our webpage Research Profiles to find a list of the DKFZ divisions and research groups interested in recruiting Clinician Scientists during the 2024 DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships Selection.

What happens after you submit your application?

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

Selection Process


  1. Submit the requested application documents via our application portal (link on the website).
  2. All application documents will be evaluated by the Clinician Scientist Program Committee in a competitive selection process.
  3. Top-scored candidates will be invited 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 2-day DKFZ Clinician Scientist Selection Event (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 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 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 upon after acceptance of the offered fellowship contract. Fellowship positions should be filled within 6 months after the fellowship has been accepted.


* Important note: restrictions may apply due to the world-wide Corona pandemic. In case it will not be possible to organize the selection event on site, we will invite preselected candidates to a virtual selection event.

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