Consultation and Coaching

Consultation Services

People interested in doing a doctorate and doctoral students have many questions. We offer a range of counselling services to help you find answers.

We support you in taking your life with a doctorate into your own hands and develop solutions together that help you to deal with inner resistance and challenges in your environment. 

If you have individual problems, we will be happy to advise you personally on all topics related to your doctorate, regardless of which phase of your doctorate you are in. Would you like a personal consultation on the topic of doctoral studies?  Please fill out this consultation form.

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Mentoring Programme of the Universities of Applied Sciences

Give your career a strong KaMeHAW!
The doctoral period is an important and sensitive decision-making phase for the academic career of all young academics. Cooling-out processes can occur during and after the doctorate, so that highly qualified and motivated academics leave academia. To counteract this exit from science - primarily of FLINTA1 persons - the universities of applied sciences in Saxony-Anhalt offer the mentoring programme KaMeHAW.

Participation is open and free of charge for all doctoral candidates and post-docs at the HAWs in Saxony-Anhalt. Let the mentoring programme guide you through important career decisions for one year.

Benefit from regular and personal one-to-one meetings with an experienced mentor. Let us support you in developing your career and take advantage of the opportunity for strategic networking. A coordinated framework programme offers you additional qualification and networking opportunities together with other academics in early career phases.

The mentoring programme runs for one year and starts for the first time in March 2024. A maximum of 12 places are available.

For more information, please visit the website of Merseburg University of Applied Sciences.

Consulting and Coaching offers

Individual Consultation to Promote Early Career Researchers

The Harz University of Applied Sciences offers you individual and confidential counselling and accompanies you in all phases of your academic career. Topics of personal counselling can include, for example, the financing options for your doctorate, organisational matters, questions about the doctoral decision or information about careers within and outside academia.

In addition, we will be happy to advise you on organisational matters and the formalities of starting a doctorate at a doctoral centre.


  • Coach: Katalin Raddatz (Speaker of Promoting Early Career Researchers, Harz University of Applied Sciences)
  • Scope/Duration: depending on the topic of the consultation; online, by telephone or in person
  • Registration: by appointment at promotion(at)



Solution-oriented Individual Coaching

Are you frustrated with your doctorate? While writing your dissertation, there are phases that are difficult or unsettling. For example, your own self-management and time management do not work out or difficulties arise concerning the supervision of your doctorate. For more clarity in your mind, GradNet offers you the opportunity to work on your personal concerns in individual coaching sessions. Those sessions take place in a confidential and solution-oriented manner. In this way, you can reflect upon your resources, strengths and obstacles and find a good way to deal with hurdles and challenges.


  • Coach: Sandra Dietzel (Speaker of Promoting Early Career Researchers, Merseburg University of Applied Sciences)
  • Scope/Duration: max. 1 hour, several appointments possible; online as well as in person
  • Registration: by arrangement via sandra.dietzel(at)

Collegial Consultation

Would you like some feedback on your professional questions and key topics from "like-minded people" (peer-to-peer)? Do you seek feedback from colleagues or doctoral researchers who are in a similar situation to you? Collegial consultation provides insights and new impulses. This program supports you via well structured, trusting consultation talks using the existing knowledge and experience of the group. Joint solution options are developed for each individual case.