Education and Career

Mentoring Program

DZL Academy Mentoring Program "Careers in Respiratory Medicine"

Professional mentoring network of the DZL Academy. Bringing together basic and clinical scientists to make translation happen. Learn from your peers, set your goals and pursue your career development.


The DZL Academy Career Mentoring Program “Careers in Respiratory Medicine” aims to foster a network of excellent early career scientists and clinicians working in biomedical sciences/medicine and to raise future lung research community leaders for executive-level positions requiring management and leadership skills.

As each career path requires a different skills portfolio and each individual brings his or her own professional background to it (including soft skill expertise and previous mentoring experience), “Careers in Respiratory Medicine” focuses on supporting each fellow individually in their career orientation and progression.

Target Group

  • early career clinicians that are active in research
  • postdocs that aim for a career in respiratory research
  • junior principal investigators that aim for leadership positions

Mentoring Jahrgang 2022 (Foto: bt)

Duration of the program

The duration of the formalized program depends on the personal portfolio of each mentee, but should not last longer than 15 months. However, the mentor-mentee relationship may well continue in the sense of a life-long relationship.

Application process

DZL Academy will advertise the mentoring program via e-mail list, Academy website and DZL site coordinators. Interested candidates, who would like to participate in the mentoring program, are encouraged to send their application including the following documents and read the DZL Academy Mentee Guidelines :

Selection of Mentees

The DZL Academy Board will select the 10 successful candidates. Decision criteria are the number of applicants, CV, the career status of the individual candidate, and the submitted mentee questionnaire. Selected mentees will be notified approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline.

Compulsory Program

Kick-off Workshop (1-2 days) on 24-25th April 2024

  • Introduction / what is mentoring /clarification of aims
  • Self-assessment of personal and professional status
  • Development of a personal mentoring portfolio
  • Meeting and networking with peers

Interim Reflection Workshop (1-2 hrs online) 

Close-Out Workshop (1-2 days)

  • Reflection of the mentoring relationship
  • Further career planning
  • Resilience training
  • Communication skills training

Supporting Program1

  • Networking events
  • DZL Symposia/ Project presentations
  • Mentee Workshops (each year of mentees will jointly select 2-3 workshops/courses)
    • Leadership training for scientists
    • Presentation Training
    • Creative Thinking
    • Science Communication
    • Other
  • Establishment of a strong contact and peer network within the DZL and beyond
  • Support with the establishment of research cooperations


Dr. Birgit Teucher – DZL Academy Coordinator


1 The Academy will only fund participation in workshops/seminars oranised as part of the mentoring program. For all other training needs identified during mentoring, the mentee needs to identify other sources of funding.


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