Mentoring is voluntary but extremely rewarding, and can benefit your own skills development and career progression. Mentors accompany and pass on their knowledge, skills and experience to assist excellent female scientists to progress in their careers.

You find valuable information about your role as a mentor in the guide, which is available for download here.

In order to guarantee the quality of our mentoring programmes, we carry out evaluations on a regular basis. For that reason we will contact and ask you to participate in our evaluation halfway through and towards the end of the programme.

How long do the mentoring programmes last?

The mentoring programmes last for

  • 22 months for postdocs and juniorprofessors
  • 16 months for PhD students
  • 12 months for physicians
How much time would be involved?

A Mentor can be explicit about the time she or he is prepared to give and this can be agreed with the mentee at the outset.


What can you as a mentor expect?
  • The mentee prepares carefully for the first meeting.
  • The first meeting also provides a chance to see if both of you want to engange with one another and if your expectations correspond.
  • The mentee actively contributes to the mentoring partnership.
  • The programme coordinators accompany both of you during the mentoring programme
What can you do if the mentoring relationship does not work out?

If you find a problem in your mentoring relationship, discuss this with your mentee. Explain your qualms or what you are dissatisfied with and give your mentee an indication of what you want instead. If you do not want to address your mentee directly, come to us. If you notice after the first meeting that you and your mentee do not fit together, then contact us. We will find a solution.


Ivette Döring

Programme Manager
KarriereWegeMentoring Wissenschaft M-V
Mentoring Programmes for Female Doctoral Students and Graduates

Universitätsplatz 1
Room 012
18051 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 498-5747