Thank you for considering to become a mentor in the peer programme "NaWi"!
The majority of doctorates at the University of Passau are currently pursued as so-called individual doctorates, which are organised independently. Therefore, the exchange with experienced doctoral researchers is an important contribution for future early career researchers. The programme is designed to support doctoral candidates at the beginning of their doctorate by providing an appropriate infrastructure. Those interested in pursuing a doctorate can benefit from your experience, and you yourself can take on an active responsibility in the promotion of young talent at our university.
Please note that the programme's current working language is German. Mentoring can be conducted in any language agreed upon by the participants.
Supporting mentees offers a variety of opportunities for you as a mentor, too:
- You will be making it easier for mentees to navigate the academic environment by sharing your knowledge and experience.
- You will perform a responsible task in the promotion of young talents and make a contribution to the development of your mentees.
- You will take on new perspectives and expand your personal and professional network.
- Within the peer tandems, you will also be able to reflect on your own life and your career path.
- To prepare you for your tasks as a mentor, you will take part in an exclusive workshop.
- You will develop your own counselling and leadership skills.
- You will be listed on the website as a mentor (if desired) and receive a certificate of participation (e.g. for job applications).
The programme takes6-18 months for the mentees, depending on their individual decision. After the initial meeting (2-4 hours), you and your mentee decide how often (e.g. every six weeks) and for how long (e.g. 60-120 minutes) you want to meet. The mentees are responsible for organising the meetings. Our guidelines will help you organise them.
The mentors are members of the University of Passau and are in an advanced stage of their doctorate or have already successfully completed their doctorate (no more than five years ago). They have the personal qualifications to act as a mentor and are interested in passing on their experience. They are also willing to participate in a preparatory workshop.
Enrolling as a mentor takes place in a two-stage process, consisting of:
- a written expression of interest (questionnaire in German) and
- participation in a preparatory workshop.
The questionnaire can be filled in and submitted online.