DZL Mentoring Program


The DZL Career Development 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 community leaders for executive-level positions requiring management and leadership skills. The primary target group includes early career clinicians that are active in research, biomedical and life sciences postdocs that aim for a career in respiratory research and junior principal investigators that aim for leadership positions.

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 progression.


Mentoring Meeting, Workshop "Career Development and Leadership", July 2017, Munich, Photo: D. Franke


Duration of the program

The duration of the formalized program depends on the personal portfolio of each mentee, but should not last longer than 2 years. However, the mentor-mentee relationship may well continue indefinitely.


Interested candidates, who would like to participate in the mentoring program, are encouraged to e-mail their application, including the following documents:

  • Motivation letter/ Statement of interest
  • Current CV
  • Completed Mentee Questionnaire, including questions about career paths and goals

The Mentoring Program will be restarting shortly. Please check this page for updates. 

Selection of Mentees

The DZL Academy Board will select the successful candidates. Decision criteria are the number of applicants, the career status of the individual candidate, and the content of the motivation letter, in particular thestatement of career paths and goals. Selected mentees will be notified approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline.

Supporting Program

  • Networking events
  • Symposia/ Project presentations
  • Establishment of a strong contact and peer network within the DZL and beyond
  • Suppport with the establishment of cooperations