EPSA Mentoring Scheme
Applications are now open for the EPSA's new mentoring scheme. The EPSA mentoring scheme is open to all EPSA members. It is designed in the first instance to help junior/early-career scholars, especially those currently working or aiming to work in Europe. However, the scheme may also be of use to senior academics who are moving to or around Europe and need advice from a peer.
The aim of the EPSA in creating the mentoring scheme is to provide career advice, guidance, and general counsel on issues that scholars typically face in the profession, including but not limited to:
Mentoring is intended to be a one-off meeting of 60-90 minutes. Of course, mentors and mentees can decide for their meeting to become the basis of a longer-term connection, but that is beyond the intended scope of the mentoring scheme.
Both mentors and mentees must complete a short online application. This is an opportunity to reflect on what you hope to achieve and helps us to make a strong match.
Information for mentees
As a mentee, you will have the opportunity to talk to a senior academic about issues that scholars like yourself tend to face in the profession. To benefit from the scheme, mentees need to fill in a form, where they provide some details about the type of enquiry they aim to address with the mentor. Access to the mentoring scheme is exclusively restricted to EPSA members. (The EPSA offers a discounted membership fee for Students and Eastern European members.)
Information for mentors
As a mentor, you will have an opportunity to pass on your knowledge and experience. Mentors should be senior scholars in the profession (ranging from experienced postdocs to faculty Professors) interested in providing occasional counsel to junior scholars on a range of issues.
Mentoring activities can take place by any means that the mentor and the mentee consider appropriate (in person, by phone, by skype, etc.). The activity should typically take no more than 60-90 minutes. This is a working model adopted from SWIP Germany where this kind of mentoring has already been successfully established.
Mentors will always have the final say in whether they want to provide counselling in any particular case.
For all enquiries, contact the EPSA Mentoring Scheme at email@example.com.
The EPSA mentoring scheme is a joint initiative by the Women's Caucus, the Student Representatives, and the Steering Committee of the EPSA. We owe special thanks for setting up and supporting this programme to Maria Jimenez Buedo, Lena Kästner, Insa Lawler, Agnieszka Proszewska, Javier Suárez Díaz, and Johanna Thoma. For technical support, we thank James Wilson.