PhD Coaching

Interdisciplinary support and a strong network on your way to a doctorate.

Target group: PhD candidates in the first and second year of doctoral studies
Language: German
Duration of the program: 9 month

The next call for application is expected at 2022.

Program overview

As a PhD candidate, you often lack the exchange with your peer group and help in structuring your doctorate. This is where the interdisciplinary program PhD Coaching comes in. It supports PhD candidates in their first or second year beyond the expert advice provided by their supervisors.

During the program, you will receive individual support in workshops lasting several days on the topics of peer coaching, time and self-management, supervisor relationship and career strategies and career planning. A retreat at the beginning of the program lays the foundation for successful networking and involvement in a successful team. In your success team, you encourage each other to set and achieve goals. Your team will accompany your doctoral process and motivate you even in difficult phases.

With the program, we provide you with a framework for networking with other PhD candidates and for accompanying and supporting each other during the doctoral process. To ensure that the program and the work in the success team is successful, we expect the following from you

  •     mandatory and regular participation in the events of the program
  •     the willingness to be supported and to give support and to accept different views and ways of working
  •     to participate and exchange ideas in an interdisciplinary group
  •     an appreciative way of dealing with each other.

Program goals

  • Networking with other PhD candidates
  • involvement in a successful team
  • intensive peer coaching
  • support for the progress of the doctorate

Conditions of participation

  • Membership in the Potsdam Graduate School
  • Doctorate at the University of Potsdam
  • Participation fee: 60 Euro

Additional information

Free childcare available during participation in program workshops.


Please submit the following application documents during the application period:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Tabular resume
  • Institute affiliation
  • Brief description of the doctoral project
  • Commitment of the supervisor to support the participation in the program
  • Preliminary confirmation of participation

For detailed information, please refer to the call for proposals.

Contact: Potsdam Graduate School

Potsdam Graduate School


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