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Mentoring scheme

The Royal Society mentoring scheme aims to provide career support to first year University Research, Dorothy Hodgkin and Sir Henry Dale Research Fellows.

A hatching Honeyguide. By Dr Claire Spottiswoode

What is the mentoring scheme?

The scheme offers the next generation of research leaders the opportunity to be paired with an experienced mentor. Mentors use their own experience to act as an impartial sounding board or to advise on situations mentees encounter. 

Below are some examples of topics mentors could offer support or guidance in:

  • Career and research advice
  • Establishing independence
  • Managing groups and relationships
  • Building effective networks
  • Work-life balance

Who could I be paired with?

Mentors will be either a Royal Society Research Fellow alumni, a current Wolfson Merit Award holder or Wolfson Fellow, or a Fellow of the Royal Society.

How are mentoring pairs matched?

Mentees are required to register to provide detail about their research field, interests and geographical location. Royal Society staff then match as closely as possible based on this information. Both the mentee and mentor are asked to confirm that they would like to proceed as a pair. 

How would the partnership run?

Pairs are encouraged to meet face to face initially. After the first meeting the pairs may decide what format best suits them for any future interactions. 

The Royal Society also runs training workshops throughout the year to provide support for those participating. They offer practical tips for making the most of the partnerships and are run by Professor Dorothy Griffiths (Imperial Business School).

If you have any questions about this scheme please contact the team

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