In the Clinician Scientist Program (CSP) Rural_Age, young scientists have the opportunity to concentrate on highly relevant research questions within the framework of a 3-year fellowship (specialists: 2-year fellowship) which supports a 50% release from clinical duties. The program combines clinical (specialist) training with scientific activity in a unique way. An accompanying curriculum, qualification and networking opportunities as well as individual mentoring form the framework for the personal and professional development of the fellows. The aim of the funding is the achievement of specialist qualification and habilitation or habilitation-equivalent accomplishments.
Applications for the 3-year program are open to clinically active doctors without a specialist qualification (minimum 2 years specialist training recommended but not required) and dentists with a doctorate up to four years after completion of the state examination, with a proven scientific interest.
Specialist doctors can apply for the 2-year program, up to 2 years following specialisation. In the case of applications from specialist doctors, higher achievements are expected in line with the advanced career stage (e.g., at least two first/last authorships in original publications).
The German licence to practise medicine (Approbationsurkunde) is mandatory for the official start of the program (1st April each year).