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 application deadline for the 2022/23 round has passed.

Program overview

At the beginning of a doctorate, you will not only be faced with major questions regarding the content of your research on your own research project, but also regarding the right approach to the doctoral process itself, as well as appropriate work and time management. If you are an individual PhD candidate in the first or second year of your doctorate, PoGS offers you comprehensive support for this first and important phase of your doctorate with its nine-month PhD coaching program.

The main focus of the program lies in the continuous, confidential exchange with other doctoral candidates within interdisciplinary working groups, so-called success teams. A retreat at the beginning of the program lays the foundation for the upcoming teamwork. In addition to regular meetings in the success teams and a joint mid-term reflection, you will develop further competencies for your doctorate in four interdisciplinary workshops.

Program goals

  • Networking and exchange with other individual PhD candidates
  • Learning peer coaching skills
  • Supporting doctoral progress through tailored workshops
  • Developing a solid basis for a successful doctorate

Conditions of participation & Additional information

The program is aimed at individual PhD candidates of all disciplines in their first or second year of doctorate.

Please note that a distinction is made according to the following three group affiliations:

  • University of Potsdam
  • Partner institutions
  • External

The participation fee depends on your affiliation. For further information please check the current announcement.

Participants of the University of Potsdam must be members of the Potsdam Graduate School. Free membership can be applied for at any time.

If required, free childcare can be organized in Potsdam during the workshops. Please contact us in case of need.

Application (in German)

Please submit the following application documents during the application period:

  • Online-Registration
  • Letter of motivation
  • Short description of your PhD research project
  • Preliminary confirmation of participation
  • Coverage of costs statement (if applicable)

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

Porträt Theresa Tholen

Contact person: Theresa Tholen


WIS | Wissenschaftsetage, 4th floor
Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam

Porträt von Isabel Schröder

Contact person: Isabel Schröder


WIS | Wissenschaftsetage, 4th floor
Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam