Doctoral Supervision at TUM

The Technical University of Munich strives to play a leading role in supporting and developing its personnel. One key element of the support the university provides for junior scholars and scientists is good supervision for doctoral candidates. TUM offers a number of qualification options to achieve this.

Doctoral Supervisor Training

The Doctoral Supervisor Training offers support for the supervision of doctoral candidates on an academic and personal level. In cooperation with qualified trainers, various aspects of supervision, such as my role as a supervisor, leadership through communication, mental health, etc., are examined with best-practice examples in individual sessions. The training will provide you with a holistic overview of how you can best support your doctoral researchers from recruiting to career development. 

Through the cooperation with scientists from different fields and institutions, the offer also provides a platform for professional exchange. 


The jointly developed training is aimed specifically at professors, junior research group leaders and postdocs at TUM, the two Max Planck Institutes for Biochemistry and Biological Intelligence and Helmholtz Munich.

The structured program consists of eight modules taking place between February and April 2024. The kick-off as well as the conclusion of the training are designed in a face-to-face format, while the other six content modules take place online via zoom. The modules are linked by an exchange of experiences and practical applications.


If you are interested in participating in our doctoral supervisor training, please fill in the following form including a short motivation statement why you would like to join until December 8, 2023. You will be notified if you have been selected to participate one week after via email. 


Date / Time Organizer / Trainer Topic Content / Learning Outcomes
February 22, 2024, 
1pm-6pm, in person

Dr. Monika Beer, Dr. Camila Hernández Frederick, Dr. Vera Kaulbarsch, Dr. Neele Meyer

Module 1 | Kick-Off: Essentials of Supervision

  • Getting to know each other and clarification of expectations
  • Supervision timeline & formal aspects
  • Understanding my role as a supervisor
  • Team building & Get together
February 29, 2024, 
9am-1pm, online

Maria Prahl

Module 2 | Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence & Non-violent Communication
  • Understand and know how to manage own emotions in the workplace
  • Apply concepts of emotional intelligence to improve communication skills, especially when giving feedback, resolving conflicts and/or motivating a team
  • Use the tools of non-violent communication to manage a team and communicate expectations
March 7, 2024, 
9am-1pm, online
Dr. Martin Fladerer, Clarissa Zwarg

Module 3 | Basics Leadership: Giving and receiving feedback, clarification of expectations

  • Regular constructive feedback as an integral part of the supervisory role
  • The importance of clarifying mutual expectations
  • Identifying potential changes in the way of giving feedback, using concepts shown to improve communication skills

March 14, 2024, 
9am-1pm, online

Maria Prahl

Module 4 | Intercultural Communication

  • Get familiar with important aspects of intercultural communication for a successful and productive relationship with supervised doctoral candidates
  • Learn to identify and focus on underlying interests and not on positions. Understand the concept of principled negotiation and its benefit in supervision
  • Basics of principled negotiation and the use for doctoral supervision

March 21, 2024, 
9am-1pm, online

Judith Bergner

Module 5 | Mental Health

  • Being a role model for staying mentally strong in a challenging work-environment
  • Self-calming strategies in stressful times
  • Knowing warning indicators for mental exhaustion
  • Supporting doctoral researchers in dealing with different stressors
  • Create a safe work environment in which people can flourish

April 11, 2024, 
9am-1pm, online

Dr. Martin Fladerer, Clarissa Zwarg

Module 6 | Recruitment & Onboarding

  • Introduction to the scientific basis of a structured recruitment process and the benefits of such a process
  • Understand cognitive biases and strategies to reduce these biases within the recruitment and selection process
  • Importance of effective onboarding and integration into the team
  • Know the process of organizational socialization (i.e., integration on three levels: professional, social, value-based)

April 18, 2024, 
9am-1pm, online

Dr. Anna Brzykcy

Module 7 | Leading Difficult Conversations

  • In the weeks before this module, participants will conduct a role play via zoom with a professional actor, based on a specific scenario of their choice
  • Analyzing, reflecting, and discussing the role play based on video feedback and feedback from the actors
  • Improve your conversational skills and deal with challenging conversation

April 25, 2024, 
3pm-6pm, in person

Dr. Monika Beer, Dr. Camila Hernández Frederick, Dr. Vera Kaulbarsch, Dr. Neele Meyer

Alumni of the Supervisor Training Program

Looking back & future vision as a supervisor, Insights from experts & Networking


  • Reflection: My role as a supervisor after the training, Definition of milestones & implementation strategy to put theory intro practice
  • Networking Event & Award of Certificates

TUM Supervisory Award

The Supervisory Award recognizes excellence in the support of next-generation academic talent since 2018 and is awarded by the Graduate Council of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the body representing the university’s doctoral candidates. The Bund der Freunde der Technischen Universität München e.V. funds the 5,000 Euro prize money, which must be channeled to the benefit of the doctoral candidates.

Additional Offers

In order to support you professionally in your successful activities, you will also find a range of courses tailored specifically to your needs at other continuing education providers at TUM.

As part of your leadership position, you are confronted with a variety of challenges such as establishing and expanding your research unit, supervising doctoral students, and effectively leading teams. Faculty@TUM, the evidence-based continuing education program for professors offered by the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, supports you in mastering your interdisciplinary leadership tasks. 

In addition to Leadership & Mental Health or Coaching Basics, for example, there is also a compact course called Supervising Doctoral Candidates.

The TUM Tenure Track Academy is a cross-faculty platform to promote networking and integration of TUM Tenure Track Professors. Many of the seminars and workshops offered teach skills relevant to doctoral supervisors. In this context, inspiring key notes and impulse lectures, practice-oriented workshops and networking events are offered to support you in successfully shaping your tenure track phase. You will have the opportunity to choose the events that are right for you, to exchange ideas with colleagues and instigators from research and practice, and to expand your network at TUM.

Alongside excellent research, excellent teaching is a fundamental component of our university's profile. As a professor, your teaching makes a significant contribution to the training of young scientists. The TUM ProLehre | Medien und Didaktik team supports you with programs in the areas of university didactics, education technology and media production.