Career & Funding

Do your Master Thesis or Doctorate at the CTNR

HealthTechMedicine - Neurosciences

The Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR) represents one scientific area at the University Medical Centre Rostock. The overall aim of the CTNR is to identify and target mechanisms in neurodegeneration to implement innovative therapeutic concepts for primary and secondary neurodegenerative processes.

Our topics

  • Mechanisms of resilience and their interplay with neurodegenerative processes
  • Precision medicine to establish predictors for cerebral resilience in primary and secondary neurodegeneration in humans
  • Adoption of continuous bi-directional translation pathways for development of new treatments and preventions in neurodegenerative disease

Our research labs & working groups

Joint applications

Be part of it

  • MD and PhD candidates
  • Research in a medical or natural / life / engineering / social scientific field with a focus on neurosciences

International students

We would like to offer young scientists from abroad the opportunity to conduct their PhD training within the CTNR framework. To this end, we offer support for interested students to apply for a DAAD or ERASMUS+ grant in Rostock.

DAAD Research Grant

Who can apply?

Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diploma by the time they begin their grant-supported research.

How long lasts the funding?

A maximum of four years; the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee of the DAAD and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule. The grants are initially awarded for a maximum of one year. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.

What is funded?

Monthly payments of € 1,200.- for doctoral candidates. Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover. One-off research allowance. Travel allowance.

How to apply?

  • Send us your letter of intent (max. 1 page), your research interest and your diplomas
  • We look internally for an appropriate supervisor

For international students

  • The supervisor will contact you and you will prepare a project proposal under his/her supervision
  • You will submit the proposal to the DAAD
  • Once the proposal is positively evaluated you can plan your research period together with your supervisor



Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships, etc) abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in Programme countries at Bachelor and Master level as well as for doctoral candidates. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.

More information.

Higher Education (teaching staff)

If you work in higher education, you can spend time teaching at an institution.

More information.

United Neuroscience Campus Lund - Rostock

The CTNR signed an agreement with the Faculty of Medicine in Lund (Sweden) to enhance the exchange of students and scientists between Lund and Rostock in the field of Neurosciences.

More information.

ERASMUS Office Rostock

If you are intrested in an exchange programme please contact the ERASMUS office of the University Medical Centre Rostock.


Finding Scholarships

General Search


Bayer Foundation





Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Hans Böckler Stiftung



Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

    CTNR Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) Programme

    The CTNR provides the framework for an educational programme for doctoral candidates of CTNR members. The doctoral researcher get the possibility to be supervised by a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC aims to provide guidance for both the doctoral candidate and their supervisors, in order for them to reach a successful end of the project.

    • The TAC consists of 3 CTNR members (supervisors).
    • The TAC Meetings will be organised by the doctoral candidates.
    • Typically, the TAC meets twice in the 1st year and once per year thereafter (initial and annual report meetings).
    • For each TAC meeting, a written report and an oral presentation has to be prepared by the doctoral candidate.
    • The meetings focus on the evaluation of the report, presentation, research performance and theoretical knowledge, the evaluation of the thesis project and work done so far, and recommendations for the following year.

    More information about the CTNR TAC Programme (PDF).


    For each TAC meeting, a written report and an oral presentation (max. 30 minutes) has to be prepared by the doctoral candidate.
    The results of the meetings are filled out and summarized by the supervisors during the meetings in the evaluation report.

    Initial Report Meeting

    First Annual Meeting


    Second Annual Meeting

    Third Annual Meeting


    Pool of CTNR TAC members

    The doctoral candidates are free to choose the supervisors faculty wide. As a selection, the CTNR provides a pool of potential TAC members who have declared their willingness to join. Doctoral candidates can choose and contact them as potential supervisors (also unrelated to the subject).

    University Medicine Rostock:

    CTNR Best Paper Award

    The “CTNR Best Paper Award” honours the best publications in the field in Rostock. The prize money (€5,000) is used to support projects that build on the award-winning publication.
    Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of subjects with a neuroscientific focus (preferably related to HealthTechMedicine) and whose host institution is a member of the CTNR are eligible to apply.

    The submitted paper requires a first authorship or a shared first authorship by the applicant and must have been published within the last two years (status at least "in print") in a peer-reviewed journal.

    The application includes:

    1. Proposed journal publication as a PDF
    2. Curriculum Vitae

    The application may only be submitted electronically by e-mail to ctnr{bei} until May 31th and November 30th of each year.

    Application Guideline

    Award winner


    Dr. Newshan Behrangi, Institute of Anatomy: Behrangi N, Heinig L, Frintrop L, Santrau E, Kurth J, Krause B, Atanasova D, Clarner T, Fragoulis A, Joksch M, Rudolf H, Meuth SG, Joost S, Kipp M. Siponimod ameliorates metabolic oligodendrocyte injury via the sphingosine-1 phosphate receptor 5. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Oct 4;119(40):e2204509119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2204509119. Epub 2022 Sep 26. PMID: 36161894; PMCID: PMC9546621. 


    Dr. Barbara Szewczyk, Translational Neurodegeneration Section "Albrecht Kossel": Szewczyk B, Günther R, Japtok J, Frech MJ, Naumann M, Lee HO, Hermann A. FUS ALS neurons activate major stress pathways and reduce translation as an early protective mechanism against neurodegeneration. Cell Rep. 2023 Jan 24;42(2):112025. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2023.112025. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36696267.

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease leading to loss of motor neurons, paralysis, and death. One of the ALS forms is caused by mutations in the FUS gene, encoding the FUS protein, which is vital for multiple cellular processes. How exactly mutations in FUS lead to neurodegeneration is not clear. Our recent paper used FUS ALS patient-specific neurons to study this. We showed that mutations found in FUS ALS patients cause a constant overactivation of critical stress response pathways, leaving the cell permanently alert. This heightened alertness might be helpful early on in the disease, but as time goes by, it could become less effective or even harmful due to excessive activation, causing neurodegeneration. We also showed that when neurons cannot activate the stress response pathways, they are unable to handle the accumulation of faulty proteins, which is a hallmark of neurodegeneration and is associated with cell death. Our study highlights the intricate connection between FUS mutations, disrupted stress responses, and proteotoxicity. This perspective deepens our understanding of how the disease works on a molecular level, offering potential leads for future treatments.

    CTNR Clinician Scientist Programme in Neurosciences

    The CTNR offers two Clinician Scientist positions in the Neurosciences for the research protected time of two years within the specialist/subspecialist training time to conduct a theoretical research project in the field of Neurosciences. The programme consists of an individual clinical, scientific and soft skill educational curriculum and runs under the regulation of the Rostock Academy of Science (RAS, see below).

    Call: closed 

    CTNR Young Neuroscientist Programme

    The CTNR Young Neuroscientist Programme includes the financial support of early career scientists in theoretical, preclinical, clinical or non-medical subjects (e.g. psychology, natural, engineering, social sciences) with a neuroscientific focus (preferably related to HealthTechMedicine — Neurosciences).

    The proposed project should contribute to the strategic aim of the CTNR: The expansion of existing or new local (e.g. Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering of the University of Rostock) national or international cooperation by the initiation of cooperative research projects.

    Accordingly to the availability of funds, a position (100%, E13, TV-L) for a period of max. 12 months is advertised to CTNR institutes only.

    Deadline: closed

    Proposals and Apendences have to be submitted in a PDF document to 

    08/2023 - 07/2024

    Dana Kathrin Dohr

    My name is Dana Dohr, I am 32 years old and a scientist at the department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery "Otto Körner" in Rostock. After got my master's degree in medical biotechnology, I am now about to finish my PhD in the field of experimental otolaryngology. I am very pleased to receive funding from the CTNR Young Neuroscientist Programme. Our study will focus on the changes in the auditory pathway of patients with cochlea implantation using the functional imaging methods DTI and fMRT.

    Supervisiors: Prof. Robert Mlynski and Dr. Lichun Zhang (Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, ”Otto Koerner“, University Medicine Rostock)

    09/2023 - 05/2024

    Phillip Henning

    After I studied physics in Rostock, I joined the group for Modeling and Simulation from Prof. Uhrmacher (IEF) as a Ph.D. student. Meanwhile, I also worked on modeling mitochondrial metabolism in collaboration with Prof. Baltrusch (UMR). I have now switched to her group and will build a new simulation model as part of the CTNR Young Neuroscientist Programme. This model investigates the effect of variations in mitochondrial fission/fusion proteins on glucose metabolism in neuroendocrine beta-cells, a complex scenario that can hardly be solved with experimental concepts alone.

    Supervisiors: Prof. Simone Baltrusch (Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University Medicine Rostock) and Prof. Adelinde M. Uhrmacher (Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Visual and Analytic Computing, University of Rostock)

    Rostock Academy of Science

    To improve the recruiting of Clinician Scientists and to support their specific challenges concerning compatibility of research and clinical work, the University Medicine Rostock (UMR) established a Rostock Academy of Science (RAS). In order to create efficient incentives for an academic/research career besides medical training, positions for an advanced training in a clinical specialty/subspecialty (ärztliche Weiterbildungsstellen) are advertised. The key element of the program is the research protected time of two years within the specialist/subspecialist training time to conduct a theoretical research project.

    The Medical Scientist Programme includes the financial support of positions for Medical Scientists. Medical Scientists are (non-physician) medical researchers in theoretical, preclinical and clinical subjects, as well as non-medical researchers in other fields (natural/life/engineering/social science).

    More information about the Rostock Academy of Science

    Funding opportunities in neurosciences

    The monthly newsletter provides information about news and announcements of the CTNR, current national and international funding opportunities and training events in the field of neurosciences.

    National and international funding bodies

    Alberta Innovates

    Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

    Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V. (AFI)

    Alzheimer’s Research UK

    Association of German Foundations

    Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds


    Damp Stiftung


    Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung



    European Academy of Neurology

    European Commission

    European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

    European Research Council

    Federal Funding Advisory Service

    Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

    Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

    German National Contact Point

    German Research Foundation (DFG)


    Hertie Stiftung


    International Brain Research Organization

    Joachim Herz Stiftung



    Randala Foundation for ALS Research

    Rostock International House

    Stiftung Hirnforschung

    University Medicine Rostock

    University of Rostock

      Volkswagen Stiftung


      Forschungsschwerpunkt Neurowissenschaften
      Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR)
      Universitätsmedizin Rostock
      Zentrum für Nervenheilkunde
      Gehlsheimer Str. 20
      18147 Rostock

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