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Corporate Academy

Coaching PhD Students


  • A successful PhD? A good supervisor can make all the difference!
  • You provide support and offer structure and help the PhD students find their own way and their own solutions to problems.

Research into the factors behind the success or failure of a PhD reveals that the influence of supervision is the most important factor in the success of a PhD project (Berger & De Jonge, 2005). Supervisors are in a tricky situation: PhD students have to develop their own creativity, but are expected to do so within a limited time span of four years.


Good coaches are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses when supervising others and are able, depending on the situation and the PhD student, to choose a supervision strategy that as far as possible ensures that the student works independently, and finishes the PhD in time and in a pleasant atmosphere.

The training thus concentrates on improving:

  • Communication
  • Coaching
  • Negotiation
  • Coping with conflicts
  • Supervising a planning process.

Intended for

This training programme has been specially designed for PhD supervisors who regularly supervise PhD students and have no more than five years of experience.


Communicating, coaching, negotiating, result-orientation, listening, planning.


Day 1
Part 1 Introduction, Situational leadership
Part 2 Selection and job interview

Day 2
Part 3 Supervision of a planning
Part 4 Counselling

Day 3
Part 5 Core Qualities and cooperation
Part 6 Performance reviews

Day 4
Part 7 Supervision of the writing process
Part 8 Practising difficult conversations


Jeanine de Bruin, Hertz, training for scientists
Peter Verkerk, Hertz, training for scientists


Autumn 2019 - four days -

October 9, 2019 from 9.15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 10, 2019 from 9.15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 7, 2019 from 9.15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 8, 2019 from 9.15 a.m. - 5 p.m

Course Fee

€ 1.200,-


Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen

Maximum number of participants



Margot Edens

Additional sources of information

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