Rotation Program


With the Rotation Program, the Faculty of Medicine is offering physicians the freedom to conduct research during or after their specialist training. The existing research potential of the host institution must serve the qualified continuing education and new innovative techniques must consequently be established at the Faculty.



Silke Reuter

Department of Research Coordinator


+49 241 80 80 256



Application Deadline

Current application deadline for all funding lines:
June 1, 2022

Start of funding:
January, 2023


The Rotation Program frees up researchers working in the clinic from their clinical duties and gives them the opportunity to learn new methods and techniques at a research institution in Germany or abroad (this can also be an institution of the Medical Faculty or RWTH). Positions are granted for a defined research topic that is to be worked on under the supervision of a qualified researcher at the host institution.

The funding instrument requires a position of at least half the job scope, a completed doctorate, a project idea, as well as one original paper as first author in a top-25-percent-journal, and one as co-author. Applicants may already have completed specialist training, but are not eligible if they have already acquired their habilitation (post-doctoral lecturing qualification). Further details on the requirements can be found in the statutes. Please compile your application documents using the list in the statutes and add the RotationFact Sheet.

The full leave of absence is granted for 6 to 24 months.

The Research Commission will invite particularly suitable candidates to a selection interview.


Rotation Program - Note

The Research Dean's Office will be happy to offer you advice and support by phone or email.

Please find out about the requirements in the documents we have made available to you beforehand. If you have any questions regarding key parameters, requirements, or exclusion criteria, please contact us.