International PhD Program Science and Health in Football


The international doctoral program Science and Health in Football is hosted by the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University, Saarbruecken (Germany). Close collaborations are established with the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg, the University of Technology in Sydney (Australia), Edith-Cowan University in Perth (Australia), the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre (Norway) and the University of Basle (Switzerland). The University of Technology Sydney and Saarland University further agreed on a shared PhD program offering the possibility for a double degree from both Universities. The progam aims at improving the scientific approach to football, in particular at evaluating its potential health benefits and at further developing training standards and performance diagnosis for elite football players. 

Together with Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB; German FA) the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University awards a full-time PhD scholarship (1000 €/month in agreement with DAAD guidelines) for up to three years. Interested PhD candidates can apply for the following topic:

Head Injuries in Football

The program is academically hosted by the Institute of Sports & Preventive Medicine & funded by the DFB. Thus, candidates must be willing to spend a considerable part of the project in Frankfurt (DFB location) or elsewhere (dependent on the requirements of the studies). This PhD project will be conducted in close cooperation between both institutions and under supervision of Prof. Claus Reinsberger (Paderborn University) and Prof. Tim Meyer.

Further information on application requirements as well as a detailed guide for submitting applications can be found here. Candidates have to send all required documents to the programm coordinator Dr. Sabrina Skorski until December 31st 2018 (preferably as a single PDF file by mail).

Additionally, it is always possible to apply with self- or non-funded PhD projects. A detailed research proposal outlining the specific aims and methods is mandatroy for such applications.


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