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Counselling Services

You're planning to pursue a cooperative doctorate through the Cooperative Doctoral Platform of the Research Campus and have specific questions about the organisation, procedure and funding opportunities?

You're already accepted as a cooperative doctoral candidate at one of the Research Campus’s universities and have specific questions on the further doctoral procedure?

You're involved in a conflict concerning the cooperative doctoral procedure and are looking for a mediator or an outside observer to talk to?  


In the Compact Guide to Starting a Doctorate section we give brief answers and provide links concerning a few key questions on doctoral studies, such as funding, procedure and duration.


The Management Office of the Research Campus will be happy to advise you on this and other issues concerning cooperative doctorates.  Please send us an to arrange an appointment, formulating your enquiry as precisely as possible so that we can prepare for our conversation with you.


Conflict Situations

The doctoral phase is an intensive, emotional and sometimes difficult journey. Occasionally, conflicts arise between supervisors and doctoral candidates. The majority of these conflicts can be resolved by a dialogue between the conflicting parties. The Management Office of the Research Campus is on hand as a first port of call to give you confidential support in working out conflict solution strategies. If the conflict cannot be sorted out after consultation with the Management Office, you can ask to talk to an ombudsperson. The ombudsperson will also act as a mediator between you and other involved parties if you wish.  


The two-phase model does not necessarily have to proceed in this order. You may also contact the ombudsperson of the Research Campus directly. Alternatively, you can also approach your other supervisor, the Head of the Examination Board of the faculty to which the cooperative doctorate has been assigned, and in cases concerning good scientific practice, the ombudsperson for good scientific practice of the relevant universities and the ombudsperson for good scientific practice of the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Consultations are confidential and their content will not be communicated to third parties. Other persons (e.g. ombudspersons or other conflicting parties) will only be asked to be involved if you expressively wish, and the Management Office will clearly explain and discuss any further action to be taken. 


Ombudspersons of the Cooperative Doctoral Platform of the Research Campus: 



Philipps-Universität Marburg:

Ombudspersons for Good Scientific Practice

Examination Board (doctorates) for Natural Sciences

Examination Board (doctorates) for Medicine

Examination Board (doctorates) for Economics


Justus Liebig University Giessen

Ombudsperson for Good Scientific Practice

Examination Board (doctorates) for Natural Sciences

Examination Board (doctorates) for Veterinary Medicine 

Examination Board (doctorates) for Economics

Examination Board (doctorates) for Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management


Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences:

Ombudsperson for Good Scientific Practice


German Research Foundation:

Research Ombudsman