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DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program

Clinician Scientist
From bedside to bench and back

Are you considering a career as a clinician scientist?

DKFZ is a strong partner to support your research ambitions!

The German Cancer Research Center has recognized the strong need of clinician scientists to develop their specific career profile. By offering research fellowships with protected research time, comprehensive training and mentoring the center supports you to expand your research experience and to complement your clinical training.



Attention!! The application deadline for the annual Call for DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowship is currently closed.
Make sure to check out the application guidelines before applying!


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

Please visit DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships for more information about the fellowship scheme and the application process.

To find more information regarding availability criteria and requirements for your application, please check our How to Apply document.

Program Overview


The DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program is the German Cancer Research Center’s official program to foster innovative translational research by strengthening the research profile of clinician scientists. The Program deepens the link between basic and clinical research, ensuring efficient transfer from bedside to bench and back.

We aim to recruit highly talented physicians in training who wish to gain basic and translational cancer research experience in a world-class scientific setting. Through the research groups in DKFZ’s Research Programs we provide access to cutting-edge research facilities and state-of-the-art labs.

Program fellows are supported by dedicated fellowships encompassing protected research time, tailored training and intersectoral mentoring. Extensive network-building and continued institutional support lead the way to long-term career perspectives.


Clinician Scientist Fellows Brochure


Please have a look at our brand-new brochure featuring 6 of the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellows.

Find out about the cutting-edge research projects our fellows are working on at the DKFZ and about their motivation to be part of the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program.

Click here to open/download a PDF copy of the brochure.

Clinician Scientist training at the German Cancer Research Center


More than 450,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Germany. Cancer is a disease that poses enormous challenges to research, because every cancer is different and its course can vary immensely even from one patient to the next. To perform research into cancer is the task of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) according to its statutes. DKFZ is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers.

Join our more than 1,300 scientists who actively investigate how cancer develops, identify cancer risk factors and endeavor to find new strategies to prevent people from getting cancer.

Expand your research portfolio and support us in the development of novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more precise and to treat cancer patients more successfully. 

Clinician Scientist Fellow receives Franziska Kolb Prize


We congratulate our Clinician Scientist Fellow Dr. Philipp Rößner on receiving the Franziska Kolb Prize for the Promotion of Leukemia Research, which is endowed with 8,000 euros. The award winner is conducting research on immunobiological mechanisms in blood cancers as part of the Clinician Scientist Program.

Click here to read more.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Manager DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program

Dr. Mariana Schulte-Sasse

office location:
DKFZ Main Building, Room D142b, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280


For general inquiries about the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program, please use the contact form.


DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program
German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

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

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