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Mentoring scheme

The Royal Society runs a mentorship scheme to provide career support to Royal Society funded early career Research Fellows.

A hatching Honeyguide. By Dr Claire Spottiswoode

What is the mentoring scheme?

As part of the mentoring scheme, mentors provide support to new early career Research Fellows, sharing their experiences and advice on career progression, research and funding.

Mentoring partnerships run through the first year of a Research Fellowships and pairs meet up or contact each other several times in the year to discuss issues such as:

  • How to develop a more independent role in your research
  • Gaining confidence in negotiations with your department
  • Building and managing a research group
  • Career planning/tracking to help ensure you are proceeding as required for your goals
  • Understanding the funding landscape and knowing when and where to look for additional funding

A recent mentee described their mentor as a “useful source of information – a handy person to bounce ideas off and to think about career plans with”.

How do I get involved?

Eligibility: First year University Research Fellows, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellows and Sir Henry Dale Fellows can request to take part. Royal Society Research Fellow alumni, Wolfson Research Merit Award Holders and Fellows of the Royal Society are invited to become mentors.

Matching: You will complete a short survey to detail your research field and preferences; we match pairs based mainly on research field and geographical location. We will always check that each person is happy with the match before getting you started. 

Getting started: Pairs will be sent guidance notes to help them get started with their mentoring relationship and set up their first meeting.

Training workshops: Attending these meetings, which are held throughout the year in London, is highly recommended. They offer practical tips for making the most of a mentoring relationship and are run by an experienced facilitator, Professor Dorothy Griffiths (Imperial Business School).

Mentoring pairs can seek advice and support, throughout the process, from the Grants team.

If you would like to take part in the scheme, please contact the Grants team.