BIH Delbrück Fellows

Junior scientists who are qualified above average are of elementary importance to the life sciences and belong to the central performers in research. Therefore, the aim of the BIH Delbrück Fellowships is to open up medium-term career prospects for internationally much sought-after junior scientists in basic research who are already doing research at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) or Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Thereby, the fellows will sustainably enhance basic research in the life sciences at the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), but also at the science location of Berlin as a whole.

Unlike in the usual postdoc funding programs, the BIH Delbrück Fellows are provided with longer-term funding of up to five years. Salaries depend on academic qualifications and are oriented on the TV-L or the TVöD. The Fellowship comprises a position of one’s own as well as a subsidy for research expenses of 800 EUR a month. The BIH Delbrück Fellows are expected to seek complementary third-party funding to establish their own junior researcher groups. The premises required for the Fellows and, where necessary, the working group to be formed have to be made available by the MDC or the Charité.

Applications can be handed in by the directors of an institution (institute, clinic, research centres or research focus) at the Charité as well as senior group leaders at the MDC. The Academic Advisory Council of the Private Excellence Initiative Johanna Quandt reviews the applications and decides – based on an recommendation of a scientific committee of researchers from Charité and MDC – on funding; a statement by the BIH Board can be requested.

The rules of good academic practice and the ethical rules of the 7th EU Framework Program for research apply. The approved funding is paid as third-party funding to the BIH; the Charité or the MDC thus become the employers of the persons paid with money from Stiftung Charité and administrate the non-monetary resources provided. Furthermore, the Approval Principles of Stiftung Charité that have been sent with the approval apply.



  • Dr. Prateep Beed, Neurowissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum, Charité, Gastgeber: Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schmitz, Forschungsprojekt: "Cortical circuits in health and disease"
  • Dr. Scott Lacadie, Forschungsgruppe „Bioinformatik der Genregulation“, Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin, Gastgeber: Prof. Dr. Uwe Ohler, Forschungsprojekt: "Dynamics and functions of the enhancer landscape during zebrafish development and cardiogenesis"
  • Dr. Dominik Seelow, Klinisches Forschungszentrum des Exzellenzclusters „NeuroCure“, Charité, Gastgeber: Prof. Dr. Chistian Rosenmund, Forschungsprojekt: "Entwicklung von Software zur Aufklärung monogener Krankheiten durch Gesamtgenomsequenzierung"
  • Dr. Martha E. Sommer, Institut für Medizinische Physik und Biophysik, Charité, Gastgeber: Prof. Dr. Christian Spahn, Forschungsprojekt: "Structural and Functional Analysis of Arrestin-GPCR Complexes"