Handling your fear of failure


Leadership & Personal Efficiency

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


All PhD students


Fear of failure is a common, but challenging phenomenon during the PhD process. It can cause severe stress, negatively influence your wellbeing and limit the chances to successfully complete your PhD . This session is specifically designed to help PhD candidates in finding ways to cope with their own fear of failure. Firstly, we take a closer look at the expression and origins of fear of failure, with the aim to increase the awareness of your own fear of failure. Next, we give tips and advice on how enhance acceptance of your fear of failure and on how to cope with it.  Finally, we give the opportunity to bring in a specific case regarding fear of failure, with the goal to give each other tips & tricks on how to take action.


  • Increased awareness of the PhD-candidate’s own fear of failure.
  • Increasing the knowledge on how to deal with fear of failure
  • Giving each other advice & tips on how to cope with practical cases


Fear of failure can signify a major obstacle to successfully finishing one’s PhD and negatively influence PhD candidates’ wellbeing. By enhancing awareness of one’s own fear of failure and learning coping skills to deal with this problem, we aim to make PhD-candidates more resilient towards coping with this problem. The course is specifically designed for PhD candidates and reaches tools to tackle this issue by themselves. The course might also lower the threshold for seeking effective professional help if needed.


Name: Nona Beele
Affiliation: Ghent University – collaborator at Trustpunt    
Contact details: nona.beele@ugent.be

Nona Beele is a confidential counsellor at Trustpunt, within the department of Psychosocial Wellbeing of Ghent University. She obtained a Master degree in Clinical Psychology and Organisational Psychology.

Time schedule

Dates (1 course = 2 half days) Time Venue Trainer
23 and 30 March 2023 09:00-12:00 - 23/03: Dormitorium, Het Pand
- 30/03: Jan Gillis, Het Pand
Nona Beele 


Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.


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Teaching methods

Interactive informative sessions, with room for discussion and personal exercises.

Handouts will be delivered via email after the session.

Number of participants

Maximum 8



Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% attendance, active participation