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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:

  • August 9, 2024  (waiting list)
  • August 27, 2024
  • September 27, 2024

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
  • Doubts about the doctorate

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 2024

  • 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: August 2, 2024

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Registration deadline: August 20, 2024

  • 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: September 20, 2024

  • 9.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.
  • 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
  • 4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m..

Registration deadline: October 17, 2024

  • 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: November 22, 2024


Register now for your online coaching appointment!

Our coaches

Dr. Taiya Mikisch

Advisory focus and profile

Advisory Focus:

  • Mindfulness and resilience as key features for navigating the academic field
  • Mindfulness techniques as tools for stress management and self-care during the doctoral phase: assessing one’s individual capacities realistically, establishing body awareness, supporting health-promoting behaviour, dealing well with acute stress
  • Establishing resource-orientation
  • Defining values and purpose of one’s work to help navigate professional decisions and prioritize tasks well
  • Dealing with imposter-experiences, finding a healthy attitude towards mistakes and failures
  • Easing perfectionism and self criticism through mindful self-compassion


  • Freelance resilience- and mindfulness trainer in the academic field
  • Doctorate in dance studies
  • Long term experience in the academic field
  • Supporting doctoral students from different universities and research institutions
  • Qualifications in the facilitation methods Theory U and Social Presencing Theater by Otto Scharmer and Arawana Hayashi
  • Trainer of MBST 1.0, a mindfulness program developed for students by Achtsam.Digital/Achtsame Hochschulen

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

Dr. Majana Beckmann

Advisory focus and profile

Advisory focus:

  • Reconciling doctorate and family
  • Manage task diversity and structure yourself
  • Overcome writer's block and procrastination phases
  • Deal with low motivation, crises and self-doubt
  • As an introverted scientist, use your strengths consciously
  • Keep your nerves in the final phase
  • Approach the disputation confidently and well prepared


  • Systemic consultant, emTrace®-Coach, coach for doctoral students
  • PhD in linguistics. Studies of General Linguistics, English and Romance Languages in Osnabrück and Southampton
  • Several years of experience in academic teaching, in media and university didactic consulting as well as in adult education
  • Self-employed coach and trainer with a focus on doctoral studies since 2018
  • Owner of KLARwärts; coaching for doctoral students ( and zartherzig; coaching for highly sensitive women (


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