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Online Coaching for Doctoral Students

Are you a doctoral student at the University of Bonn and in a difficult phase of your PhD project? Do you need help and suggestions to overcome it? Then you have come to the right place!

Upcoming dates:

  • February 18, 2022 (Waiting list)
  • March 28, 2022
  • April 27, 2022
  • May 30, 2022

Our offer

  • One day a month you can book one of a total of four 90-minute slots in which you can discuss your concerns online with our coaches.
  • The coaching is offered in both German and English.
  • Our offer targets doctoral students in all phases of their doctorate and is free of charge.
  • It is a one-time coaching offer and not an accompanying coaching.
  • The doctoral coaching sessions are carried out exclusively by coaches with expertise in academia who can relate to the specific concerns and issues doctoral students face.
  • All processes are subject to a confidentiality agreement.
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What is coaching?

Coaching is a goal- and process-oriented dialogical process. The clients are seen as experts for their concerns and their individual background, so no ready-made solutions are presented. Rather, clients are supported in developing and implementing their own individual solutions during the coaching session. This happens, for example, through a change of perspective, the recognition of patterns, a deeper understanding of the problem in dialogic exchange or the awareness of one's own resources.

Possible coaching topics

  • Overcoming difficulties in writing the doctoral thesis
  • Constructive handling of conflicts
  • Self-management in everyday doctoral studies
  • Clarification and strengthening of one's own role as a doctoral student
  • Stress management, burn-out prophylaxis
  • Preparation for challenging situations
  • Dealing with biographical transitions: Study/doctorate and preparation for the time after the doctorate
  • Dealing with self-doubts and insecurities

I need further advice. What can I do?

An overview of the psychological and social counseling offers at the University of Bonn as well as further information can be found here:

Dates for 2022

  • 9.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
  • 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
  • 1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Registration deadline: February 15

This date is fully booked, spots on the waiting list are available.

  • 9.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
  • 10.45 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.
  • 2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Registration deadline: March 25

  • 9.15 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.
  • 11.15 a.m. - 12.45 p.m.
  • 3.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Registration deadline: April 24

  • 9.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
  • 10.45 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.
  • 2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Registration deadline: May 27



Register now for your online coaching appointment!

Our coaches


Advisory focus and profile


Prof. Dr. Martin Zierold

Advisory focus and profile

Advisory focus:

  • What comes after graduation: career paths inside and outside the university
  • Professional goals: developing perspectives, formulating personal goals and needs
  • Clarify conflicts in supervision and elsewhere
  • Self-care and self-control: dealing with crises & dilemmas
  • Self-management and self-organization: from time management to time sovereignty
  • Shaping change and bringing it to success
  • Communication and leadership, working in teams 


  • Professor for cultural management at the HfMT (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg) with focus on organizational development & strategy
  • Practical experience in culture, media, foundations and science management
  • PhD in communication science
  • Certified coach (systemic coaching and change management, ineko institute at the University of Cologne)
  • Freelance coach, trainer and consultant since 2010

Also see


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Learn about the numerous funding opportunities and grants for doctoral students.

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