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The guiding principle of the BIH is translational research in order to translate findings from basic research more quickly into clinical applications and to develop medical diagnoses, therapies and preventive measures that are more targeted and useful for human beings, as well as to make greater use of clinical observations for questions in basic research. Doctoral stipends are competitively advertised by the BIH for doctoral projects leading to the title of Dr. med., MD/PhD or Dr. med. dent. that are in line with the guiding principle of the BIH. They are announced annually in October/November/December with the start of work on the following year starting on April 1.

Program structure

BIA's medical research student stipends are aimed at matriculated humanities and dentistry students* who are enthusiastic about research. A stipend is granted for a clearly defined research project that is to be carried out independently and supervised by a person working in a scientific capacity with the aim of obtaining a doctorate. The maximum duration of a BIA-MD scholarship is 12 months. The research task must be designed in such a way that the doctoral thesis fits into the objectives of the BIH and comprises exclusively scientific work of at least 6 months.

Funding requirements

Eligible to apply students of medicine and dentistry enrolled at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, who are admitted as Dr. med., MD/PhD or Dr. med. dent. students, whose supervising person is employed at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin or at the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. Doctoral students with excellent doctoral projects started during their studies can be funded as enrolled doctoral students in the BIH-MD beyond the 3rd state examination. Please note that we only award stipends for future work and not retroactively. The awarding of a scholarship is excluded if a simultaneous support by a third party is already in use or in case of an employment contract with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Scope of funding

A doctoral stipend is awarded as a full-time scholarship for the duration of the research work or for the full-time equivalent of a thesis. In justified exceptional cases, an extension of the stipend can be granted (see information sheet).

Stipend basic amount

1.200€ per month. If applicable, family allowance of 154€ as well as childcare allowance up to 256€ (for 3 or more children). No material costs and travel allowances.

Reporting obligations

In the event of approval, the BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy must be informed at least every 12 months about the status of the research work, in accordance with scientific practice, in full and with a list of the results achieved by then. You will receive an email with a link to the BIH reporting portal in due course.

How to apply

Information on current calls for tenders can be found on the BIH open calls webpage. Application documents including a research proposal are submitted via the BIA application portal.

The next call for this funding instrument will open on October 21, 2021, deadline 9.12.2021 (14.00 hrs). The earliest start date for awarded projects is April 1, 2022.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Enrollment as a student of human medicine or dentistry at Charité (proof of enrollment), or as a doctoral student for Dr. med., MD/PhD or Dr. med. dent.
  • Confirmation of registration of the approved doctoral agreement by the Charité Promotion Office
  • A scientific project, which fits into the objectives of the BIH
  • A scientific project, which includes a full-time research period of at least 6 months


In order to be eligible to apply for a BIH-MD student reserach stipend 2022, you must register your doctoral project at the Charité doctoral office in advance. Please note: Currently, the processing time of new registrations by the docoral office is around 3 months!

A PDF with detailed information for applicants will be published with the next call in October. Further information may be found here: http://nachwuchs.charite.de


For further information regarding this funding instrument, please send an E-mail to: nachwuchskommission@charite.de

For general information on BIH funding instruments, please send an E-mail to: academy@bihealth.de