Pro-Motion: Services for International Doctoral Students

Want to meet new people? Advance your academic career? Network? The International Office’s “Pro-Motion” project offers a comprehensive range of counseling and support services to help international doctoral students before and during their doctoral degrees and promotes intercultural skills, networking and integration.

Services at a Glance

  • Peer Monitoring Program
  • Career entry workshops/writing retreats
  • Welcome meeting for new international doctoral students
  • PhD Café
  • Pro-Buddy program
  • Scholarship program for international doctoral students at the University of Bonn
  • Assistance with government authorities (upon request)
  • German courses
  • Intercultural training


Qualification and Further Training

We offer the following workshops and programs to assist and support you as you prepare for your career.

Peer Monitoring Program

This 4- to 6-month peer monitoring program assists international doctoral students from the beginning to successful completion of their doctoral degree while also promoting collaboration with colleagues and exchanging advice in the peer group. The group of at most 15 participants also meets regularly for coaching on a variety of topics, such as writer’s block, time management or supervision conflicts.

 Workshops and writing retreats

The workshops cover topics such as degree management, the job search and the German job market. They are designed for international doctoral students and provide opportunities for qualification and development.

Writing retreat for international doctoral students

Date: September 02 and 03, 2023, 10 am - 06 pm
Location: GSI Bonn

Other Workshops

Networking and Integration

The following programs give you the opportunity to network and meet German and international doctoral students.

Welcome Meeting

The Bonn Graduate Center and International Office offer a welcome meeting for the winter semester where new international doctoral students can meet new people and network, and information on counseling and support services is presented.

Date: November 29, 2023
Location: Festsaal
Contact and information:

PhD Café

The PhD Café provides international doctoral students with an informal setting for networking and exchanging information.

Dates during the semester break SoSe 2023: July 28 and August 18, 2023, 06 - 08 pm
Location: Internationaler Club, Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
Contact and information:

Pro-Buddy Program

The Pro-Buddy program is for international and German doctoral students who want to make new contacts and improve their intercultural skills.

In this program, Bonn “Buddies” help new international doctoral students start their doctoral studies and get settled in Bonn.

International Doctoral Students at the University of Bonn

In this video, you will learn more about counselling and support services for international doctoral students and get an overview of important institutions and facilities at the University of Bonn.

International Doctoral Students at University of Bonn (© Tim Küntzler/Universität Bonn)


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Sandra Papel



Poppelsdorfer Allee 102

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-9527

Office Hours

  • by appointment


The Pro-Motion project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office.

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