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Our individual consultations for doctoral researchers and those interested in pursuing a doctoral degree help to clarify questions about the entire process of doctoral research. We also assist in locating the correct contacts for further queries. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask us:

  • "I want to get a PhD: Where do I start?" – Information on the PhD process
  • "How can I finance my doctoral studies?" – Information on funding options
  • "Is it possible to combine work and doctoral studies?" – Aspects of part-time doctoral studies
  • "How and when must I apply to become a PhD student?" – Information on enrolment and the regulations governing doctoral studies
  • "I want to carry out my research project abroad, but take the examination in Bremen." – Binational PhD (Co-Tutelle)
  • "How can I meet other PhD students?" – Networking for doctoral students
  • "At which point in the PhD process should I start to think about what comes next? How can I prepare myself?" – Questions surrounding career planning
  • "I am in a difficult situation and need an outsider's perspective." – Individual consultation regarding non-scientific challenges during the PhD
  • "I have a different sort of problem. Who can I go to for help?" – Other service providers at the University of Bremen

If you are interested in a consultation, please contact us (phone 0421-218-60328, e-mail byrdprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de) to book an individual appointment. Before we arrange a meeting, we would first like you to answer a few questions.

Advice for female PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Bremen takes the advancement of young women researchers seriously. Within the context of the project "Perspektive Promotion", the Bureau for Equal Opportunity offers advice and support for women who are either just interested or already enrolled as doctoral students in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (FBs 6 - 12). To arrange a meeting for individual persons or small groups, please contact  Dr. Lisa Spanka (Tel: 218-60186).

Counselling Service for the employees

The Counselling Service for the employees of the University of Bremen is responsible for employees of the University (doctoral students with salaried positions). The bureau offers advice on personal, psychological or health issues is free of charge and red-tape, and provides support on issues concerning  work capability and the work environment (e.g. burn-out, problems with relationships or following separation, conflicts with coworkers and with supervisors). The person to contact is Dipl.-Psychologin Kassandra Ruhm. You will find the University’s Social Advisory Bureau in building GW2, room B3740.

Psychological Counselling

The services offered by the Psychological Counselling center of the Studierendenwerk Bremen are available to enrolled doctoral students. The counsellors offer assistance in matters concerning the PhD process as well as in personal issues, e.g. difficulties in personal relationships, or anxiety concerning careers and future prospects. They provide confidential consultations, advice, and psychological support. You will find the center in the central campus area by the Mensasee and on the web at Psychological Counselling.