Young Academics

For BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, the promotion of young academics is a key task and the fundamental basis for qualified academics and outstanding research achievements.

We therefore offer our young academics comprehensive and individual support in all phases of their qualification and career planning.

Please contact us for further information.


First “Peer Coaching Retreat” for BTU Doctoral Candidates May 8 – 10, 2019 in Hirschluch/Brandenburg Info and Call for Applications – Deadline March 10, 2019

The Concept

The Retreat is open to BTU doctoral candidates who wish to manage the progress of their thesis and support each other during that process. Two experienced coaches will assist you.

As a doctoral candidate, you may be facing challenges and times when it is hard to motivate yourself. Peer Coaching offers you a support-network, can help you master challenges and monitor your progress and goals. Peer Coaching in Success Teams refers to a small group of three to five persons meeting on a regular basis (usually every three weeks). The members of the Success Teams support each other in achieving their individual goals.

To guarantee the success of the teams, they work by a couple of principles:

  • Continuous and proactive participation in the meetings and following rules the members agreed upon
  • Formulation of your own goals for a three-week timeframe and working towards their realisation
  • Respect and confidentiality towards your team members and willingness to give and receive feedback

The Programme

During the preparatory meeting in April and the Retreat, the coaches introduce the working principles of Peer Coaching in Success Teams, how to set SMART goals, how to give and receive feedback, how to better manage your time and how to work in interdisciplinary teams. During the Retreat, you will find your Success Team and start your first session as a team. After the Retreat, the teams meet for individual sessions plus a final meeting. In autumn, the teams decide whether they want to continue working together.


21 €/person plus transportation if you do not have a semester ticket.
We cover your accommodation for 2 nights (2 persons/room), meals and all working materials.


If you want to become a part of the “Peer Coaching Retreat” experience and commit to the programme, kindly send your completed and signed application form to Dr. Birte Seffert (Ms.) at seffert[at]
For more information, kindly inquire with Dr. Seffert by phone (0355 69 4633) or book an appointment online

New General Regulations for Doctorates at BTU valid since October 1st, 2017

The BTU Cottbus – Senftenberg is a member of the German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (GUAT)