Individual Coaching

As PhD candidate or Postdoc with a GRADE registration you can take advantage of individual coaching sessions. The sessions provide individual support, for instance, in orientation phases (e.g., during the transitional period from university studies to the doctoral phase or to a career after the completion of your PhD or during your postdoctoral phase), in situations in which it is necessary to clarify a question or solve a specific problem (e.g., How should I deal with a certain supervisor or colleague?) or in crisis situations.

Experience shows that early-career researchers can often profit from coaching on the
following topics:

  • Self-positioning
  • Self-management
  • How should I deal with a certain supervisor or colleague?
  • Crises in the research process and how to overcome them
  • Work-life balance
  • Prospects for the future

Depending on your specific concerns, it is also possible to discuss other questions and issues. The coaching sessions remain strictly confidential.

The sessions are free of charge for GRADE participants. Are you not yet registered with GRADE, but would like to meet the coach? Please contact us. We'll find a solution.


Coaching is offered in English and German. Coaching takes place by appointment only. To make an appointment, please send an e-mail to the coach.

Upcoming dates are listed on the right.



Prof. Dr. Karin Orth

Karin Orth has many years of experience at universities and independent research institutions as a researcher and lecturer, in academic management and in advising. Areas of research and expertise: biography research, the history of National Socialism, research funding, young scholars and coaching. She has conducted research projects on the history of violence in the 20th century and worked for a long time in crisis counseling. Additional qualifications: person-centered communication, crisis management, coaching training according to the principles of Pedactics® (didactics of personality development for executives).