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Shaping the PhD supervision process together

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Half-day workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center on January 17, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Alte Sternwarte, Poppelsdorfer Allee 47, Room Pegasus (0.003).


Chances and obligations of international PhD students in Germany 

Course Content

Doing a PhD in Germany as an international doctoral researcher faces you with various challenges in everyday scientific work. Also the supervision process itself might be challenging as well. Therefore, it is important to reflect on the supervision right from the beginning of taking up a PhD. 
This workshop aims at reflecting together on central questions connected with the supervision process by discussing examples and applicable tools:
Building a relationship with the supervisor:
What would be necessary for me as an international PhD student to efficiently work on the dissertation?
What do and what can I expect as support from my supervisor here in Germany?
What is his/her role in the supervision process and what is my role?
What am I responsible for? 
"Pitfalls" of intercultural communication
Special aspects of scientific supervision (language competences, expectations on good scientific practice, different working cultures, individual work "needs" – assets and weaknesses)

Target Group

Doctoral researchers 

Course Language


Course Instructor

Dr. Frank Meyer, Dr. Agnes Schindler 

"Promotion plus"

5 units are applicable for this course within the "Promotion plus" certificate.  


Module 1: Independent Research





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