Offers for doctoral candidates

Offers for doctoral candidates include workshops, information events and consultations. Since the page is constantly updated, it is worth visiting regularly. You can also subscribe to our newsletter with a short mail to stay informed.

Do you have suggestions for workshop topics that are not limited to a specific subject field? We will consider taking them on board!

Qualification program 2023

The qualification program is open to all doctoral students of the four universities of applied sciences in Saxony-Anhalt, i.e. to cooperative doctoral students and doctoral students in the doctoral centers. The program is also open to participants from the Graduate Academy of the OVGU. Remaining places may be allocated to other interested parties.

The workshops are free of charge. Please note the registration deadlines.

You can apply for educational leave to attend our workshops if your employer is in Saxony-Anhalt. Please contact Kerstin Tänzer for more information.

October 04 - 06, Wednesday to Friday, Harz - PhD Autumn School

When? October 04 - 06

Where? Wernigerode

What? The three days are filled with workshops on Vocal Empowerment, Science Communication and Graphical Abstract. Here you will learn how to present your research in an understandable and engaging way in different contexts. By focusing on vocal expression, dialogue with the audience, online communication and visual presentation, different aspects of science communication will be covered.
You will also have the unique opportunity to meet other PhD students from Saxony-Anhalt and make valuable contacts.

You can find more information and the registration here (in German).

October 13, Friday, online - Writing the synopsis for the dissertation. A method and toolbox.

When? 9 - 16

Where? Online

Who? Dr. sc. ETH Zürich Tobias Zervosen: Freelance writing trainer

What? Writing a dissertation exposé can be a very challenging task. Therefore, this workshop will focus on getting into writing and developing the first building blocks of your own exposé. For this purpose, basic writing methods will be taught and tried out together.


    Working out own research questions and research goals as precisely as possible.
    Determination and meaningful pre-structuring of the material basis for the research project
    Determination of the methodical procedure
    Getting to know and using writing tools
    elaboration of the research design
    viable work planning

The number of participants is limited to 15.

Registrations until October 6 are possible here.

October 24, Tuesday, online - Research Data Management

When? 10 - 13

Where? Online by Zoom (access data will be sent after registration).

Who? Christian Schache, Transfer Manager University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal

What? Content:

  • Basics and overarching concepts (including general principles and concepts of research data management, research data life cycle, policies, data management plans, FAIR principles).
  • Working with data (ordering, structure, versioning, data, data types, data formats, data storage and back-up, data security, data quality, tools)
  • Documentation and metadata (persistent identifiers, ontologies and controlled vocabularies)
  • Long-term archiving, publication, reuse (long-term archiving of data, licenses, ways to obtain data, repositories, reusing data)
  • Law and ethics (general legal aspects, privacy and personal data, informed consent, anonymization and pseudonymization, ethical aspects and Good Research Practice)

Course language? German

Application deadline? October 20

Registrations by mail to



November 17, Friday, Merseburg - Writing Workshop - Master Your Writing Project

When? 10 - 17

Where? Merseburg University of applied sciences (room to be announced)

Who? Dr. Anselm Spindler

What? In this workshop, you can use your current writing project (e.g., exposé, dissertation, article, or conference paper) as an example to learn proven techniques for text planning and self-organization in academic writing.

Course Objectives:

    Text planning: delineate topic, structure text, determine statement intent.
    Self-organization: define a framework, design a work plan, integrate writing into daily life
    Elevator pitch - my project in 2 sentences

Course language? German

Application deadline? November 7

Further information and registration form (Merseburg University of applied sciences)



November 30, Thursday, online - Publishing! Who am I writing for?

When? 15:30 - 17:30

Where? Online in Zoom

Who? Prof. habil. Günter Mey, Paul S. Ruppel, Christoph Stamann

Further information will follow.


For people interested in a doctorate and for doctoral students

People interested in doing a doctorate and doctoral students at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal can contact us by mail or telephone:

Josephin Winkler - Doctoral Center Social, Health and Economic Sciences and cooperative doctoral students from the departments of Applied Human Sciences, Social Work, Health and Media, and Economics.

Kerstin Tänzer - Doctoral Center Environment & Technology and cooperative doctoral students of the departments Engineering and Industrial Design as well as Water, Environment, Construction and Safety

We are at your disposal for all questions concerning doctoral studies!

Writing consultations for doctoral students

You are sitting in front of a blank page and can't find a beginning? Are you struggling with your research question? You read a lot and then forget some things again? You can't find a structure in your text? Or would you just like to talk to someone about your writing project in peace and quiet? Come to the peer writing consultation for your scientific writing concerns! This takes about 45 minutes, during which you will receive non-hierarchical and non-directive help for self-help from a trained writing coach, e.g. reflect on your work process, generate ideas, try out writing methods and strategies, set goals, and receive text feedback on exemplary text passages. You are and remain the expert for your text - the writing coach does not need to be an expert on your subject.

Please feel free to make an appointment (also possible in the evening) with Josephin Winkler. The writing consultation can take place online or in person at an arranged location in Magdeburg or Stendal.

About the consultant: Josephin Winkler is a trained peer trainer for scientific writing and is doing her doctorate at the University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Solution-oriented individual coaching

Frustrated by doing your doctorate? During your doctorate, there are phases that are difficult or unsettling. For example, your own self-management and time management do not work out, or there are difficulties in the supervision of your doctorate. For more clarity in your mind, our colleague Sandra Dietzel of the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences offers you the opportunity to work on your personal concerns in individual coaching sessions in a confidential and solution-oriented manner. This way you reflect on your resources, strengths and stumbling blocks and can find a concrete way to deal with your challenges.

Coach: Sandra Dietzel (Speaker of Promoting Early Career Researchers, Merseburg University of Applied Sciences)

Duration: max. 1 hour, several appointments possible; online

Registration: appointment by mail

Reimbursement of travel expenses

Doctoral students of the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal can apply to have part of their travel expenses reimbursed if they attend a classroom workshop of our qualification program or if they travel to a conference in Germany for their doctoral studies.

More information will follow shortly.

Mentoring program NEW

Mentoring program

A mentoring program for PhD students is currently being developed. As soon as the program starts, we will inform you here.

Other offers

  • With our newsletter you will regularly receive information about calls, awards and other more general offers for doctoral students. You can subscribe to our newsletter with a short mail to stay informed.
  • The individual Doctoral Centers also organize their own internal events such as colloquia. In this case, the Doctoral Centers contact their doctoral students with an invitation.

Further offers:

Continuing education in university didactics

Every year, the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences offers "University Didactic Weeks", in which doctoral students of the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal can also participate. You can find more information here (in German language).

Studium generale

The university's open course offerings bundle cross-topic, cross-discipline and cross-departmental courses. They are designed to enable students to acquire knowledge, skills and, above all, important key competencies that are useful for successful study, career entry, a professional career or personal development. You can find the course offer here (in German language). Registration is via a login to the booking portal, to which anyone can register.

Doctoral students of all four universities of applied sciences are charged the student rate. You do not need to be enrolled for this, but you do need to provide proof to Ms. Darius that you are a doctoral student if you do not have a student e-mail address at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences.

Offers of the University of Magdeburg

Doctoral students of the Doctoral Centers and cooperative doctoral students of the four universities of applied sciences in Saxony-Anhalt can also participate free of charge in the qualification program of the Graduate Academy of the University of Magdeburg. You can find the course overview here. To always receive the latest offers, you can subscribe to the newsletter of the OVGU Graduate Academy.


To whom the offers are addressed?

The qualification program is open to all doctoral students at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal, Anhalt, Harz and Merseburg. This includes cooperative doctorates and doctorates at all doctoral centers in Saxony-Anhalt.

Some other offers on this website are only open to doctoral students of the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal (cooperative or first supervision sits at the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal). This is explicitly stated in the offers. You can find out whether the other three universities have similar offers on their doctoral websites.

Are the offers free of charge?

Unless otherwise stated, the offers are free of charge for the target group mentioned. If you do not belong to the target group but would still like to take advantage of an offer, you are welcome to contact the person responsible.

How do I register for offers?

Since the offers come from different institutions of different universities, it is important to read up on how to register for each offer and, if applicable, when the registration deadline is. It is also worth asking after the registration deadline if there are still places available.

Can travel expenses be covered?

Doctoral students of the Magdeburg-Stendal University of applied sciences can apply for a subsidy for travel expenses if they want to attend a face-to-face course of the qualification program or if they travel to a conference in Germany that is important for their doctoral research. You can find more information under "Advice".

Contact Persons

Prorector for Research, Development and Technology Transfer
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Baumgarten

Tel.: +49 (0) 391 886 41 05
Fax: +39 (0) 391 886 47 09

Visitor's adress: House 3, Room 1.04

Contact details

Coordinator Doctoral Center Social, Health and Economic Sciences
Josephin Winkler

Phone: 0049 3931 2187 3812

E-Mail: josephin.winkler(at)

Address: Stendal, Osterburger Str. 25, House 2, Room 1.18

Make an appointment for a consultation here.

Consultation hours via phone for doctoral students and interested persons:
Mondays 12:00 - 13:00, Central European Time
Wednesdays 11:00 - 12:00, Central European Time

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You can also make an individual appointment for a Zoom meeting.

Coordinator Doctoral Center Environment and Technology

Kerstin Taenzer

Tel.: 0049 391 886 49 92

Address: Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum FEZ, Breitscheidstr. 51, 39114 Magdeburg, Room 3.02

Make an appointment for a consultation here.

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