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Success in Your Doctorate II: Keep Going!

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Research Management | Successful Doctorate | Advanced

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Partway into their PhD many students face new challenges. Experiments do not work out as expected. Teaching and other additional tasks cut into the time for focused research. Supportive feedback is limited. Others seem to progress much faster. These are just some of the reasons why many experience a motivational dip and an increase in stress during the second doctoral phase. Boosting your project management skills and competencies in time management and self-motivation will help you master this second phase and make productive progress towards completing your PhD.


At the end of the course participants will have methods for boosting their project-, time- and self-management skills that work well for them. They will have identified strengths and ideas to overcome challenges. As a result, participants will be newly motivated to pursue their doctoral project with energy and passion.


    • Effective planning: Setting goals, measuring progress, changing course.
    • Efficient writing and dealing with writer’s block
    • Staying motivated
    • Pragmatism vs. Perfectionism
    • Structuring your workday
    • Using networks and mentors
    • Conflicts, boundaries, and self-care


          Short inputs, individual and small group work, self-reflection, roleplays, peer feedback, experience exchange. Max. participants: 15. Course


          The course is intended for researchers from all disciplines in the second phase of their doctorates (approx.. 2nd to 5th year of doctoral studies). This course builds on Success in Your Doctorate I; attending these events first is recommended but not a requirement.

          Course informations
          Course number
          FM VI-2
          Tue, 10.05.2022, 9:00am-5:00pm
          Wed, 11.05.2022, 9:00am-5:00pm

          2 days, 20 working units à 45 min
          Classroom meeting
          ZEWK, Frauenhoferstr. 33-36, R: FH 1005
          Dr. Daniel Friedrich
          Course language
          For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
          Participants should have sound English language skills and advanced presentation competence.
          Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
          Applicable for certificate Research Management.

          For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact .

          In case of any organizational questions please contact .


          Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

          Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.

          Registration Success in Your Doctorate II: Keep Going! (FM VI-2)

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