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Clinician Scientists

Call for applications

Currently no call for applications. The next call will be in 2022. You can be added on a pre-notification list: .

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-Programme for Clinician Scientists in 2016. 

The structured qualification programme 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 programme is open to clinicians from any field of medicine. The call for applications for Track I and Track II is directed at clinicians in medical specialty training for at least six months.


Principles and goals
  • Protected time for research in flexible distribution over the total funding period (generally 50%)
  • Clinical training as part of the medical specialty training (generally 50%)
  • Individual qualification program with focus on scientific and medical trainingn 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-Programme
  • Participation in a structured excellence programme providing 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-Programme (E-Mail, 0761 270-72267).



Applications for Track I (the scientific work part is funded by the Berta-Ottenstein-Programmeme) or Track II (peer-reviewed third-party funding for applicant’s own position) 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-Programme at the Office of the Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine: .


Curriculum / courses


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