Bonn Neuroscience Clinician Scientist Program

In summer 2022 the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) and the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to establish a Clinician Scientist Program.

The program is aimed at resident physicians who are in the middle of their specialization period. The scientific focus is on the connections between diseases of the nervous system and systemic factors. Thus, participating clinician scientists in the program conduct research, for example, on the influence of environmental factors, nutrition, or systemic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease or cancer, on neurological and psychiatric disorders.
For this purpose, a protected release of 66% of the working time for the research activity is guaranteed over a period of 3 years (100% in the first year, 50% in each of the following two years). However, the distribution of the protected release times can also be adapted according to the project circumstances.
In order to carry out the research activity, the CS will be hosted by a research institute of the faculty through a co-affiliation for the duration of the funding. In addition to the own position, consumable funds of up to €12,000 can be requested for the first funding year and a further €3,000 each for years two and three. An additional €6,000 in project and core facility funds must be provided by the host research institution for the entire funding period.  Accompanying the funding, the Clinician Scientists are supported by an extensive mentoring program.

The overarching goals of the program are to create long-term, attractive career prospects and binding contracts for a protected research period. Female and male doctors are thereby to be encouraged to acknowledge and pursue an academic career as an attractive career option. In addition, the goal is to award at least 50% of the grants to female applicants. In this way, highly qualified female clinical researchers in particular are to be supported in reconciling patient care and research with their family planning.

Logo Neuro-aCSis


Neuro-aCSis - Fellows

Dr. Tim Ebert (Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)

Dr. Dr. med. Sergio Castro-Gomez, MD-PhD (Clinic for Neurodegenerative Diseases - Neurology)

Dr. Carolin Miklitz (Clinic for Neurodegenerative Diseases - Gerontopsychiatry)

Dr. Omid Shirvani (Clinic and Polyclinic for Neurology)

Dr. med. Tobias Bauer, B.Sc. (Clinic for Neuroradiology)

Dr. med. Lea Friker (Deparment of Neuropathology)

© Christoph Kottmann / MFB

Application & Selection

Below you will find information on the eligibility criteria, the necessary application documents and the selection process.

© Barbara Frommann / Uni Bonn

Specifics of the Program

In addition to substantial funding, the Neuro-aCSis program offers numerous other benefits and support mechanisms.

© Johann F. Saba / UKB

Organisation & Governance

The core of the organization is the Executive Board. Several other bodies ensure the ongoing quality of the program.



If you have basic questions about the program, please contact our coordination office for internal funding. If requested, the office can also put you in contact with the program management as well as with other scientists of the Medical Faculty Bonn.

Avatar Racz

PD Dr. Ildiko Racz

Science Management - Coordination Internal Funding

Avatar Schmitt

Dr. Dorothea Schmitt

Science Management - Coordination Internal Funding

Avatar Worst

Dr. Philipp Worst

Currently not on duty

Avatar Rudolph

Dr. Janna Rudolph

Science Management - Coordination Internal Funding

Avatar Wolff

Dr. Heike Wolff

Currently not on duty

Wird geladen