mentoring³ is a mentoring program designed for the academic career development for female early career researchers of all subject fields within University Alliance Ruhr. The program consists of a line for doctoral researchers and a line for postdoctoral researchers.
The program's key focus will be on the dialogue with your mentor. Over a period of two years you will benefit from a personal exchange with an experienced professor or researcher. In trusting conversations you will receive advice on career planning and expand your understanding of structures and rules in the academic world.
A varied event program accompanies the mentoring relationship over the entire period. In interdisciplinary workshops, you will prepare yourself for leadership tasks in university and non-university research, clarify beneficial career strategies and strengthen your personal key competencies. Network meetings offer you the opportunity to exchange experiences with peers and to expand your academic network.
The mentoring groups will be arranged according to respective subjects groups so that we can take into account the subject-specific conditions of the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.
In annual cycles, a program line for alternately female doctoral or female postdoctoral researchers of the UA Ruhr universities starts each October. Each program line runs for two years.
The official language is German. The one-to-one mentoring sessions can be held in English if required.
Next program start:
The next program line for female doctoral researchers will start in fall 2024 (application period: 1 June–29 July 2024).
The next program line for female postdoctoral researchers will start in fall 2023 (application period: 8 May–9 June 2023).
mentoring³ consists of the modules:
Mentoring is a temporary relationship between an experienced mentor and a young high potential. The mentoring³ program offers one-to-one mentoring. This is the classic form of mentoring focusing on the personal relationship between mentee and mentor. The mentors support the mentee in her career planning and the development of her potentials and competences. They provide the mentees with important knowledge about structures and processes in academic life and promote the expansion of their contact network.
The mentoring is accompanied by events and workshops on career-relevant topics. The workshop program is geared towards interdisciplinary competences that are related to the respective subject culture as well as to interdisciplinary competences in academia, for example: potential assessment and career planning, leadership requirements, acquisition of third-party and international research funding, application and appointment training, team and conflict management.
Additional network meetings provide the opportunity to exchange experiences, discuss and intensify new contacts. Including network evenings (Kaminabende) with experts on relevant topics of the scientific career.
The mentoring³ program is framed by a introductory workshop to get prepared, an interim assessment and a concluding workshop.
Depending on the subject group, the workshop program and networking events take place at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University or the University of Duisburg-Essen.
mentoring³ pursues various objectives for its mentees, taking into account the respective subject-specific cultures and associated career paths:
mentoring³ is aimed at female doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Each program line runs for two years.
If you are interested in participating in mentoring³, you should:
A fee is charged, which includes participation in the supporting and seminar program:
Application and selection procedure
The admission to the program is based on a two-step procedure including a written application and a selection interview, in which your motivation to participate, your goals and expectations of the mentor are discussed.
Your written application includes:
Please download the application form for the next postdoc cohort (application period 8 May to 9 June) here:
Would you like to support our program as a mentor? Please get in touch with us!
What you should provide
Mentors who would like to support a mentee in her academic career should have the following background:
mentoring³ in praxis
We will present you the profile of a potential mentee. After a personal meeting, you can decide whether you would like to guide this early career researcher as a mentor. In at least three to four meetings over a period of two years, you would pass on your experience to the doctoral researcher. We will prepare the mentee for the self-reliant design of the mentoring process. She is expected to take the initiative for the preparation of the meetings in terms of content and scheduling.
Your potential benefit:
mentoring³ is coordinated across the UA Ruhr universities. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the person responsible for your subject group:
Dezernat für Organisations- und Personalentwicklung
+49 (0) 234 32-28799
Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit, Familie und Vielfalt
Fon +49 (0)231 755-6058
Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate Center Plus
Fon +49 (0) 201 183-4012