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CORA Coaching Women for Research and Academia

About the Program

As a woman researcher at the end of the doctoral process, you are planning your further career in academia. You are well aware that career and personal development are essential to professionalism. And you are looking for the right strategy to attain your career goals. You want to consciously plan each phase of your career and reflect on the subject-specific conditions required. The University of Freiburg aims to support you professionally with coaching and training on strategic career planning.

The new round of the program begins in October 2024.

The application period for the call runs from May 1, 2024, to July 15, 2024.


Target group

The program is intended for women researchers at the University of Freiburg who have obtained a doctoral degree, women postdocs, assistant professors, and group leaders from all faculties.


Number of participants

Ten annually.


Program content

  • One-on-one coaching with a maximum of eight sessions.
  • Exclusive training sessions to complement the University’s regular advanced training program.
  • Motivation through regular get-togethers of a peer group.
  • Development of a network of women researchers.



A requirement for participation is the intention of qualifying for a responsible position in research and academia. You should be prepared to take part in the CORA events.


Applicants must compile and submit their own applications, which must include the following (also see Downloads):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • A letter of motivation outlining the reasons and, if applicable, the urgency for participation in the coaching program as well as your further academic career plans. 
  • Academic degree certificates, particularly your doctoral degree certificate; awards, etc.
  • Documentation of an employment contract with the University of Freiburg for at least a year from the start of the Coaching (1st of October 2024).


Only complete application documents will be accepted and processed. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program before you send off your application documents.




The University of Freiburg has a pool of professionally-trained, certified coaches.

You can find a list of our coaches below.



Confidentiality: Names of participants and the goals and contents of the coaching are confidential.

Quality assurance: We kindly request you to conduct a mid-term evaluation after four sessions. At the end of the coaching, the program will be evaluated to ensure the quality of the service.



Coaching: The purpose and the aim of the coaching are explained in the initial consultation with the coach. A framework agreement is signed by you, the coach, and the university. You and the coach decide together how often you will meet.

Training: These are exclusive sessions for program participants. Typically, participants from previous rounds are also invited. Attendance is mandatory for participants in the current round.

Network meetings: Every six to eight weeks, you will meet with other CORA participants and practice the method of peer counseling. You are expected to attend at least three out of six meetings.


Possible topics of coaching

  • Clarification of roles
  • Reflect on strengths
  • Strategic planning for a visible external profile
  • Reflecting on values
  • Dealing with ambivalence
  • Strengthening your research profile
  • Making strategic plans
  • Working on your vision
  • Breaking the creative block
  • Improving time management and setting priorities
  • Reconciling academic and private life
  • Dealing with extraordinary burdens
  • Further developing your social competence (communication, leadership skills, team skills)
  • Strengthening your ability to manage conflict
  • Working conflict-solving




CORA dates 4th round (20222023)

CORA dates 5th round (2023–2024)



Department for Equity, Diversity and Academic Personnel Development

Mariana Vargas Ustares

Phone: +49 761 203-9053

Office Hours
Monday 2:00–5:00 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 AM–5:30 PM

Consultation Hours
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays by appointment.

Only complete application documents will be accepted and processed. Please contact us with any program-related questions before submitting your application documents.



Call for applications CORA

CORA Coaches








Further offers of the Department for Equity, Diversity and Academic Personnel Development

Qualification Program for Postdocs and Advanced Postdoctoral Researchers

Mentoring Program AdvanceMent

Tenure-Track Professorships and Junior Professorships