Writing your doctoral thesis

Four-part coaching for doctoral candidates in the social sciences

Tuesday, 20 October, 24 November, 15 December 2020, 19 January 2021, 17:00–20:00


Writing a dissertation can be a lonely business. And there is so much to do! Tons of material need to be scanned and relevant sources need to be selected. A literature review needs to be written – and should balance academic conventions and one’s personal writing voice. And the various textual fragments that have been written over several years need to be shaped into one piece. And in addition to this major writing process other, shorter texts need to be published and a professional as well as a private life need to be managed.

Most of the time doctoral candidates are required to master this fundamentally challenging process all by themselves. If there is support, discussions are usually limited to the level of content, whereas the other, equally as challenging dimension of the writing and working process is mostly ignored.

This four-part coaching addresses this fundamental component of every dissertation project. Supported by an experienced writing teacher and coach the group will discuss working routines and the writing process and profit from the experience of every single group member. Feedback will be given on shorter texts, using the group as a resource to provide motivation and peer-to-peer support. The approach is process-oriented, the topics of each monthly three-hour session will be adapted to the group’s needs.

Coach: Mag. Eva Kuntschner, writing teacher, writing counsellor and coach (ÖVS)

Target group: Doctoral candidates at the Faculty of Social Sciences who have already given their public thesis presentation and are currently in the process of writing their thesis.

Dates, times and places:

Tuesday, 20 October 2020, 17:00-20:00
Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 17:00-20:00
Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 17:00-20:00
Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 17:00-20:00


Venue: Conference Room of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG), Universitätsstraße 7, 6th floor, staircase III, room C628A

Working language: The working language is English, texts for feedback should also be in English.

Registration and questions: via e-mail to gz.sowi@univie.ac.at until 05 October 2020 („first-come-first-served“, max. 12 participants).