Dissertation Writing Groups

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.

What are the advantages of Dissertation Writing Groups?

Research on existing Dissertation Writing Groups has shown that its members profit in various ways from the regular meetings. Writing Groups offer:

  • emotional support during the research and writing process
  • positive group pressure in order to meet self-set time and work deadlines
  • continuous feedback on one’s own work
  • strengthening analytical and social competences by giving feedback
  • the possibility for further scientific cooperation and exchange.

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)

Support offered by the Center for Doctoral Studies

The Center for Doctoral Studies supports interested doctoral candidates to start an effectively working Dissertation Writing Group. It does so by:

  • organising the first meetings
  • giving input on the work and organisation of Writing Groups
  • helping the group to clarify its expectations
  • offering copying possibilities
  • providing rooms for meetings (if available)


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 an Email to info.doktorat@univie.ac.at containing following information:

  • Registration Number
  • A telephone number where we can reach you during the daytime
  • Your discipline/field of study
  • The name of your supervisor (only if you already have a supervisor)
  • In which stage of your doctoral thesis project you currently are (prior to public presentation, beginning of the research phase, half-time, final stage)
  • Do you wish to be part of an interdisciplinary writing group or would you prefer to be part of a group with participants out of the same or similar discipline?

Declaration of Consent

By sending your data for the registration (name, E-mail-address, registration number, telephone number, discipline, name of supervisor, stage of work), you consent to the processing of this data for the dissertation writing group. You can unsubscribe at any time by sending us a short e-mail to info.doktorat@univie.ac.at
. You can therefore revoke your consent to the collection and processing of personal data collected during the registration process at any time.
If you have any questions regarding the cancellation of your registration for the dissertation writing group or if you are unclear, you can also contact info.doktorat@univie.ac.at directly.