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Textkorrektur und Sprachberatung Deutsch

Marike Telgen

Academic Writing Support in English

S. Mukherjee


Dr. David Jara

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Writing support services for doctoral candidates in German and English

Workshop series "Academic writing in English for doctoral candidates"

From April 2020 the workshop "Academic writing in English for doctoral candidates" will take place every two weeks as an online course.
The aim of the course is to support doctoral students who are not native speakers and who are writing their dissertation in English. Since the English academic writing style differs significantly from the German, participants will learn about the linguistic and stylistic conventions distinct to Anglophone academic writing.
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We also offer workshops for writing your dissertation in German.

Writing support services for doctoral candidates in German and English

NEW!! Open office hours as an online service

Due to the current situation, we are now offering individual writing support services online during our bi-weekly “open office” hours.  As with our writing workshops, the service is free to use for all registered doctoral candidates of Heidelberg University (as well as Medicine students at the University of Mannheim).

Please register in advance for a session of ca. 30 minutes via email ( In order to make optimal use of this service, please contact S. Mukherjee at, in advance with a list of themes which you would like to discuss. Alternatively you may also submit your own text passages as described in the general information section below.

For further questions, please contact S. Mukherjee at

General information

For many doctoral candidates, working with a long, research-based text is the most challenging aspect of the degree process. The challenge becomes even greater, however, if the text is not written in their native language.

To support them effectively and promote their future success, the Graduate Academy offers individual writing guidance for doctoral candidates of Heidelberg University.

The purpose of both offers is to improve the writing and language competencies of the doctoral candidates during the early stages of their doctoral training. Doctoral candidates may submit their own text passages, which are then revised and commented on by German or English native speakers. Candidates then attend a follow-up meeting, where the writing consultant will discuss the candidate’s errors and provide suggestions for improvement.

The feedback provided by the writing consultants is limited to linguistic issues only, i.e.

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • and conventions of the respective language.

The consultation aims to identify typical errors which can be avoided in the later stages of writing.

The following aspects of the text will not be discussed:

  • content
  • structure
  • style

Please be aware that the completed text passages (be they dissertation chapters or articles) should not be seen as final corrections.

Consultation process

If you are interested in using one of the services, please contact our language advisors:

When contacting one of our language advisors, please provide him/her with:

  • The topic of your dissertation
  • Your subject of study, supervisor, and department
  • Progress/stage of your dissertation
  • Your native language and nationality

We will then arrange a preliminary talk with you. Please bring a digital copy of your text (MS Word compatible format) to the meeting.

During this meeting we will:

  • clarify your specific needs,
  • discuss technical terminology or any other concerns that you have,
  • define a time-frame for the feedback.

Once your text has been reviewed, we will arrange a follow-up meeting with you at which we will discuss the suggested corrections and any other concerns you may have. Afterwards the commentated version of your text will be sent to you via e-mail, along with a feedback sheet including a list of your most common mistakes and suggestions for improvement.


Please note:

  • The submitted text passage/s may not exceed 10 pages or 3.000 words.
  • Only two different passages from a single text (i.e. up to two sections from a dissertation) may be submitted.
  • Please submit all work for consultation in a MS Word compatible format where possible.
  • Your text will be archived at the end of the semester and will be deleted from the Graduate Academy’s server after one year.


Our trainers

Writing consultations are currently offered by the following native speakers:


Marike Telgen

Marike Telgen ist ausgebildete Konferenzdolmetscherin und Übersetzerin (Universität Heidelberg, 2012–2018) und auf das Lektorat wissenschaftlicher Texte in deutscher Sprache spezialisiert. Sie ist mit den Schreibstilen und Konventionen aus verschiedenen Kulturen vertraut und hat zahlreiche Haus-, Bachelor-, Master- und Doktorarbeiten unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete korrigiert. Bei der Betreuung legt sie besonderen Wert auf eine detailliert argumentierte Diagnose sowie präzise und verständliche Lösungsvorschläge.



S. Mukherjee

S. Mukherjee is a former Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with +10 years of experience in mentoring advanced students in the ‘art and craft’ of academic writing. Mukherjee holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he conducted his doctoral work in political economy. He is the recipient of the Penn Lauder CIBER Research Grant, U.S. Department of Education’s Center for International Education and Research, the Judith Rodin Fellowship for distinguished work in the social sciences, and Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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