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Clinician Scientists

Call for applications

Currently no call for applications. The next call will start at 22.04.2024. You can be added on a pre-notification list: E-Mail.

Clinician Scientists

Clinical research needs outstanding clinicians who in addition to their patient-care duties are active in research. Day-to-day patient care leaves young clinicians with little time to work on their own research projects. Thus the Faculty of Medicine launched the Berta-Ottenstein-Program for Clinician Scientists in 2016. 

The structured qualification program provides optimal conditions for combining scientific and clinical careers. Over the course of the three-year program, participants conduct a research project in parallel with their medical specialty training. Throughout this time they are supported by mentors. Within the framework of EQUIP, they take part in further scientific and medical training courses, as well as soft skills courses.


Target group

The program is open to clinicians from all fields of medicine. The call for applications for Track l and Track ll is directed at clinicians who are ideally between their sixth and 36th month of medical speciality training. If the first medical speciality training has already been completed, a specialisation in a focus area or a second medical speciality training should have been started. Ideally, dentists should already be practising for six months prior to the start of the program. Furthermore, applicants should have a clinical connection within the Medical Centre of the University of Freiburg by the start of the program (applies also to returnees from abroad or external applicants).


Principles and goals
  • Protected time for research, which can be flexibly distributed over the total funding period (generally 50%)
  • Clinical training as part of the medical specialty training (generally 50%)
  • Individual qualification program focusing on scientific and medical training as well as transferable skill courses
  • Participants profit from supervision and mentoring
  • Preparation of scientific publications
  • Preparation of the habilitation


How you can benefit from the Berta-Ottenstein-Program
  • Participation in a structured excellence program that provides optimal conditions for combining a scientific and clinical career
  • Interdisciplinary networking, exchange and cooperation with peers and renowned scientific experts
  • Support in strategic career planning by an individual supervisory committee
  • A qualification programme tailor-made to the needs of the fellows
  • Preparation for academic management and leadership tasks


Requirements for application
  • Please find detailed information in the Guidelines (clinic-internal access only; German only) or via
  • For enquiries regarding the requirements for application, please contact the Coordination Office of the Berta-Ottenstein-Program (E-Mail, 0761 270-72267).



Applications for Track I (the scientific work part is funded by the Berta-Ottenstein-Program) or Track II (the scientific work part is either funded by third-party funds or the clinical department) are possible. Please mark the appropriate box in the application form to indicate whether you are applying for Track I or Track II.

Please read the application form including an information sheet carefully. The form can be requested from the Coordination Office of the Berta-Ottenstein-Program at the Office of the Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine: .


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