Mentoring programme details 2018
Building up on our fruitful experience, our unique programme continues. Its scope extends to all scientific institutions, regions and language communities in Belgium. Pairing of mentor and mentee is made outside of the mentee’s field of research, so as to broaden the thinking horizon and avoid unhelpful competition.
Mentees and mentors are requested to apply by end April in order to take part in the face-to-face meeting during our General Assembly on May 7, 2018 in Brussels.
The mentee-mentor matching will be done on a case-by-case basis in April-May 2018.
- To women in the beginning of their scientific career who are typically in their third year doctoral studies. It is for women who would like to increase their knowledge of scientific careers, who want to position themselves better in the scientific community and who want to boost their careers thanks to exchanges with a mentor. Men who are experiencing the same difficulties can also apply to the programme but priority will be given to women according to the scope of reducing the gender gap at top positions.
- To scientists, women and men, who have typically at least 10 years of scientific research experience after their doctoral degree and who would like to share their knowledge and extensive professional experience to help young women in the beginning of their career.
Criteria for the mentee
The candidate is either at an advanced stage of her doctoral work or is undertaking post-doctoral research
- The candidate is working as a researcher and wishes to continue her academic path.
- The candidate wishes to reflect further on her position in the academic field through regular exchanges with a mentor.
Note that men complying with the 3 above criteria and looking for career guidance can also apply but that priority will be given to women according to the scope of reducing the gender gap at top positions.
Criteria for the mentors
- Scientists with more than 10 years of experience who wish to participate in the programme as mentor.
How does it work
- The applicants (mentees and mentors) are asked to send their application & registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Potential mentees should provide their CV, motivation letter as well as a summary of their thesis and advancement stage
Potential mentors should provide their CV and motivation letter
- The selection committee will select candidates, perform the matching of the pairs and inform the participants of the decision within 1 month
- Each mentee contacts her/his potential mentor to discuss and agree on shared objectives, work styles and minimum frequency of exchanges
- If needed, the selection committee adjusts the pairing
- BeWiSe invites mentors and mentees to focused lunches and other joint activities. Applicants commit to take part in at least 2 such gatherings
- BeWiSe will thereafter support exchanges between the mentee and mentor by covering the travel expenses in Belgium based on the price of a second class train ticket
- At the end of the mentoring (typically 12 months), mentees and mentors will share the key findings of their experience with BeWiSe community.
*Focused lunches and other activities will be held in English, French and Dutch upon request of the participants. Encounters between pairs will be in the language of their choice.
Feel free to contact us for more information at email@example.com