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External Virchow Fellowship


External Virchow Fellowship (EVF) positions can be awarded to candidates who plan to perform only part of their training at the University Medical Center Mainz. While External Virchow Fellows do not have a minimum time that they have to spend in Mainz, the main focus of the research has to be in Mainz or in a strong cooperation with Mainz. Fellows will only be financially supported while carrying out research in Mainz. 


The four pillars of the standard Virchow fellowship remain:


1. Clinical training
2. Research
3. Course curriculum
4. Mentoring and evaluation


Example of an External Virchow Fellowship

1. Clinical and Translational Training

Clinical and translational training is an essential aspect of the Virchow Fellowship Program. Therefore, at the beginning of the fellowship, a timetable will be set up which organizes clinical rotations/ internships and milestones of the academic education, and which will be individually accompanied by the CTH. This program aims to establish an academic-medical career path that allows physicians to complete their clinical training and, at the same time, carry out excellent research. In parallel, natural scientists are offered access to clinical institutions by hospitations. All in all, the program aims at an improved exchange of research and patient care.

2. Research

The Virchow Fellowship Program especially aims at the scientific independence of young academics. In order to prepare the Virchow fellows for future research projects the CTH offers a research sabbatical and guarantees a research environment which allows access to excellent methods and cooperation partners from industry and the scientific community. Thus, the fellows are able to further develop their expertise in clinical, experimental and analytical (research) methods beside the realization of their specific research projects. Furthermore, this multidisciplinary exchange helps them to understand the "rules of science" and supports the acquisition of third party funding. This will prepare the fellows for an independent clinical and/or experimental scientific career.

3. Course curriculum

The course curriculum contains the mandatory core curriculum and the so-called ad-hoc courses. These are chosen individually for each fellow. More information about the course curriculum can be found here.

4. Mentoring and evaluation

Within the framework of the fellowship the young academics are to be optimally prepared for a career at the interface between research and treatment. Beside the wide-ranged course program  the fellows are advised and supported by experts in individual evaluation committees. In order to facilitate a regular exchange among themselves, the fellows are encouraged to establish a community. The Virchow fellows are offered individual support and assistance by the whole CTH team.

Example of an External Virchow Fellowship


An External Fellow does the majority of his/her clinical training in a clinic outside of the University Medical Center Mainz (national or international). The research project is carried out entirely or mostly (the focus has to be in Mainz) at the CTH. The course program and the mentoring take place at the CTH.


The career plan could look like this: