Dissertation Writing Groups enable doctoral candidates to enter in a fruitful exchange with a group of their colleagues. The groups consist of 4 to 5 doctoral candidates of similar disciplines and stages who give each other regular feedback on the research and writing process. In the working process of the group the used “material” can be quite diverse and ranges from (drafts of) chapters of the dissertation to abstracts for scientific conferences to empirical data. The main principle of each Dissertation Writing Group is self-organisation: it is up to the group itself to decide when, where, how often and for which topics it will meet.
Research on existing Dissertation Writing Groups has shown that its members profit in various ways from the regular meetings. Writing Groups offer:
In summary, the Hume Writing Center of the Stanford University notes: “Dissertation Writing Groups help advanced graduate students complete their work by providing a supportive environment for the exchange of critical feedback." (Lee/Golde, Starting an Effective Dissertation Writing Group, p. 2)
The Center for Doctoral Studies supports interested doctoral candidates to start an effectively working Dissertation Writing Group. It does so by:
If you wish to play an active part in a dissertation writing group and meet regularly with fellow colleagues then contact the Center for Doctoral Studies.
We will collect messages from students and once we have assembled a group which fits together we will invite these students to a first meeting at the Center for Doctoral Studies. They then have the possibility to meet the other doctoral candidates and decide if the group fits their needs and wishes.
Of course you can also contact us if you already have assembled a group of people and wish to profit from the support the Center for Doctoral Studies offers.
If you are interested please send a Email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing following information: