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Are you a PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam, and would you like interdisciplinary support on your way to your PhD and a network of other PhD candidates? You will find this in the interdisciplinary program PhD Coaching.

You can apply now for the PhD-Coaching 2020 until December 20!

Photo: Nadine Lux
PhD-Coaching retreat in Bollmannsruh

Program details

As a PhD candidate, you may often lack an opportunity for 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 academic guidance provided by their advisors.

During the program, you will receive individual support in workshops lasting several days on the topics of peer coaching, time and self-management, careers, career strategies and career planning.

A retreat at the beginning of the program lays the foundation for successful networking and commitment to a success team.
In your success team, you encourage each other to set goals and achieve them. Your team accompanies you throughout your doctoral studies and motivates you even in difficult phases.

Photo: Nadine Lux
PhD-Coaching retreat in Bollmannsruh


With the PhD Coaching program, we provide you with a framework in which to network with other doctoral candidates and accompany and support each other during your doctorate. So that the program and the success team can work well, we expect from you

  • binding and regular participation in the program events
  • willingness to give and receive support as well as to accept other views and working methods
  • participation and exchange of ideas in an interdisciplinary group
  • an appreciative way of dealing with other program members

Impressions of the retreat

The program focuses on:

  • Engagement in the success team
  • Intensive peer coaching
  • Support for the progress towards the doctorate

The nine-month program includes:

  • a two-day retreat
  • participation in three workshops and group reflections
  • regular meetings with your success team

Basic information

  • Deadline for application: December 20, 2019
  • Kick-off meeting: March 5, 2020
  • Retreat: March 23-24, 2020
  • "Peer Coaching" workshop, 1.5 days: May 7-8, 2020
  • Group reflection: June 8, 2020
  • Workshop "Academia and Work-Life-Balance," 2 days: June 8-9, 2020
  • Annual Festivity "Spot on PoGS Community": June 18, 2020
  • Workshop "Supervisory Relationship," 1 day: September 28, 2020
  • Workshop "Career Strategies and Career Planning," 2 days: November 5-6, 2020
  • Participation fee: 60 Euros not including transportation to the retreat
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Contact person: Jenny Multani

Potsdam Graduate School


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