Application & Selection

The call for proposals for the programme is issued annually. (new date: early summer 2024)

Eligible to apply are physicians with:

  • just completed specialist medical training (not more than 5 years ago)
  • an established and outstanding research profile
  • scientific publications in the thematic focus of the call
  • have already successfully acquired third-party funding

The Executive Board expressly motivates female physicians to apply. The aim is to achieve a funding quota of at least 50% from among the female applicants. Physicians working externally are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Bonfor eApplication system (see below). The application must be formulated in English. The following documents must be enclosed with the application:

  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • Research concept and short career development plan (max. 3 pages)
  • Summary of scientific and clinical achievements (1 page)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications with a short summary of the 5 most important publications (the share contributed must be indicated)
  • Overview of third-party funds
  • Overview of teaching activities
  • Confirmation of employment from the hospital management and declaration of commitment to 50% release for the research project
  • State examination certificate, dissertation certificate, licence to practise medicine, specialist certificate; in the case of international applications, appropriate certificates of comparability must be submitted.
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Please use the templates for creating the letter of acceptance as well as the forms for providing information about yourself and your teaching, third-party funding and publication achievements.

Access to the eApplication system

Applications can only be submitted via the Bonfor eApplication system. To access this system, please contact the Coordination Office for Internal Funding ( Please include your full name, the name of the clinic where you will be working during the funding period and a current email address. An account will then be set up for you and an application procedure for the ACCENT- programme will be created. As soon as your account has been activated, you will receive an email notification.

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Selection Process

The selection is done in two steps. First, the Executive Board sorts the applications into thematic groups and forwards them to national and international reviewers. Based on the reviews, the Executive Board makes a preliminary selection of the most promising candidates.

In a second step, these candidates are then invited to present themselves and their research concept to a final selection committee at a symposium. The selection committee is composed of the Executive Board, the hospital and institute directors to be admitted and the members of the International Advisory Board.

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PD Dr. Ildiko Racz

Science Management - Coordination Internal Funding

Venusberg-Campus 1

53127 Bonn

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Dr. Dorothea Schmitt

Science Management - Coordination Internal Funding

Venusberg-Campus 1

53127 Bonn

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