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Skilled, Motivated and Self-empowered: Success Strategies for Your Doctorate

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

This workshop will enable you to complete your doctorate more professionally by reviewing your academic skills and clarifying your self-image as a researcher. It leads you to central questions of the doctoral process that are usually not explicitly asked, but are crucial for the successful self-management of a doctorate.

In-person Workshop

Monday, September 2, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Dr. Nils Reschke




Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47*

Target Group

Doctoral students 




16 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

* The premises are not barrier-free. Please contact the Bonn Graduate Center if you need assistance.

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  1. You start with a check-up of the individual framework conditions of your doctoral thesis, analyse your motivation and review your scientific skills.
  2. The second block focuses on the supervisory relationship. You will reflect on your expectations, deepen your understanding of the responsibilities and roles of the supervisor and doctoral student and develop solutions for difficult supervision situations.
  3. The third part is dedicated to your position in the scientific community and your relationship with your peers. You will deal with the topic of cooperation vs. competition and clarify the opportunities and challenges of "circulating" in the community at an early stage. Forms of collegial support such as peer coaching or success teams will also be introduced.

The aim of the workshop is to assess your own doctoral abilities beyond your professional expertise. By alternating between individual work, group exercises and plenary discussions, we create the basis for you to master the doctoral process without unnecessary frictional losses.


  • Managing the doctoral process proactively
  • Reflection on your doctoral motivation
  • Your academic core competencies and your development potential
  • Expectations, roles and responsibilities in the supervision process
  • Strategies for dealing with difficult supervision situations
  • Forms of peer support in the doctoral process


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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