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Graduate Academy of Heidelberg University

Academic and Professional Development

Seminarstr. 2
69117 Heidelberg

Dr. Berenike Schröder

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Writing support services for doctoral students in German and English

+++ Workshop series "Academic writing in English for doctoral students" +++

The workshop "Academic Writing in English for doctoral students" takes place at regular intervals.
Next date: October 10, 2018, 3–5 pm, Universitätsverwaltung, Seminarstr. 2, room 235

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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Writing support services for doctoral students in German and English

For many doctoral students, 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 students of Heidelberg University.

The programme Wissenschaftliches Schreiben auf Deutsch: Text- und Sprachberatung für Internationale Doktoranden is tailored to non-native German speakers who are writing their dissertations German, usually in the humanities or social sciences. The programme is funded by the STIBET programme, within the DAAD.

Academic Writing Support: Individual Consultation and Tutoring is tailored to doctoral students at Heidelberg University from all disciplines who are writing in English. Because the English academic writing style differs significantly from the German, this service aims to help non-native English speakers produce texts that meet the linguistic and stylistic conventions distinct to Anglophone academic writing.

The purpose of both offers is to improve the writing and language competencies of the doctoral students during the early stages of their doctoral training. Doctoral students may submit their own text passages, which are then revised and commented on by German or English native speakers. Students then attend a follow-up meeting, where the writing consultant will discuss the student’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 content, style, and structure of the text will not be discussed, so the completed text passages—be they dissertation chapters or articles—should not be seen as final corrections.

If you are interested in using the service, please note the following information:

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

The e-mail addresses of our language advisors are (German) and (English).

A writing consultant will arrange a preliminary talk with you, during which your specific needs (i.e.  technical terminology or any other concerns that you have) will be discussed. A time-frame for the feedback will also be determined. Please bring a digital copy of your text (MS Word compatible format) to the meeting.

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 take the following points into account before you submit a passage:

  • The submitted text passage/s may not exceed 10 pages or 3000 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.

We look forward to hearing from you!


You may also contact the manager for both services directly:

Dr Berenike Schröder

Tel. +49 (0)6221 / 54 – 19769


Writing consultations are currently offered by the following native speakers:



Martin Stier studierte von 2007-2013 Geschichte und Latein an der Universität Heidelberg und dem University College London und promoviert derzeit im Fach Geschichte. Nach Abschluss seines Studiums arbeitete er bis 2015 als Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Historischen Seminar der Universität Heidelberg.



Jonathan Griffiths is presently a doctoral student based both in Heidelberg and University College, London (UK), working towards a dissertation in the field of History of Science and Philosophy. Originally he comes from Wales, UK. He completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Classics at the University of Oxford, UK, before spending time as a guest-researcher in the University of Heidelberg (Seminar für Klassische Philologie, Philosophie). He has extensive experience in offering English language support across most, if not all, university subjects, in the format of shorter texts, longer projects (e.g. dissertations, book-projects), workshops and courses.

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