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Getting Started – For Doctoral Candidates from Abroad


24. November 2023 09:00 – 24. November 2023 17:00
25. November 2023 09:00 – 25. November 2023 17:00
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Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13, Seminar room 01.0010

The seminar is intended for doctoral candidates from abroad who have recently started their doctorate in Marburg. The event is organized by the International Office and MArburg University Research Academy (MARA).

The aim of the first day of the seminar is to give you insight into the structures, characteristics, and peculiarities of the German university and science system. You will be introduced to how to plan a doctorate in the German science system, what good supervision looks like, and how to successfully acquire funding. We will address different paths leading to a doctorate and subject-specific differences specific to the disciplines. Finally, the seminar will outline possible career paths after attaining your doctorate. The second part of the day will provide space for intensive exchange. Individual, pair, and group exercises will encourage reflection on your own motivations for pursuing a doctorate and your personal career goals. Toward the end of the day, you will be familiarized with and apply a form of peer-to-peer counseling in practice.

On the second day, we will continue learning and practicing peer-support techniques and effective communication. In small groups, we will deal with your questions and discuss, for example, how the German culture of supporting doctoral students works. By working in small groups, there will be sufficient space to address your individual concerns so that you can develop solutions and initial steps to meet future challenges.

The workshop aims to prepare you for the challenges you are likely to encounter when pursuing your doctorate.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will gain an overview of the German higher-education and science system and the specifics of the German doctorate.
  • You will be familiar with basics of diversity and interculturality in organizations and work groups.
  • You will know how to use peer-to-peer support techniques with regard to the challenges you will face during your doctorate, including the differences within the German scientific system.
  • You will have developed a personal approach that will support you in meeting future challenges on the basis of your individual situation.
  • You will have established a network with other doctoral candidates and have ideas on how to support each other continuously during your doctoral phase.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input, group discussion, personality focused activities, group work, communication activities, individual and pair work, worksheets, peer support and success team


Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

The workshop is planned as an in-person event. You are required to comply with the hygiene measures in effect at the time of the event.


November 24, 2023, 9 am–5 pm, and
November 25, 2023, 9 am–5 pm

Target Groups

Doctoral candidates from abroad, who recently came to Marburg


Maximum number of 18 participants
The event is organized jointly by the International Office and MARA and can be offered free of charge.


Please register until November 9, 2023 using the online registration form.


Dr. Jessica Schülein

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Humanities and Social Sciences