GSCN Mentoring Program

A central task of the GSCN is forming the next generation of young academics in stem cell research by supporting them to make educated career decisions, enabling them to actively manage their careers. The GSCN Mentoring Program is a new project of the GSCN working group “Career Development”. The aim of the program is to support young scientists up to the level of young group leaders in their search for a career path that fits the personal visions, abilities and needs. During our careers in science, we often stand at crossroads, having to take tough decisions. This one-year-mentoring-program offers a one-of-a-kind chance to obtain orientation and guidance during the decision making process by established stem cell researchers in Germany and experts working outside academia in related fields such as industry, communication, or science management.

The mentee will benefit from the possibility of a secure, discreet, and trustworthy liaison to an experienced mentor for seeking advice regarding career options inside and outside academia as well as more specific, challenging situations such as job negotiations, grant writing, editors, or work-life balance. This is a unique oportunity for young scientists to use the network and mentors to find answers, develop new ideas and take advantage of the knowledge, experience, and visions of established colleagues. The mentees also form a network and support each other during the mentoring phase and possibly afterwards as a base for a personal and career peer-network. Considering the fact that women are still underrepresented in leading positions in the fields of academic life sciences, > 50 % of places in the GSCN Mentoring Programm are reserved for women.

Procedure:
Each year a committee of the GSCN will choose 5 candidates judged by their written applications. Mentees will select a mentor from a provided GSCN list or propose a new mentor within the GSCN network themselves. The starting point of each program is the annual GSCN Conference, where all mentees will meet and have a special session on goals, methods, and formulating their personal learning goals and objectives they want to fulfill in the coming year. The mentor-mentee-team will also meet for the first time in person (if possible) in an organized setup and both sides will sign a contract, in which they agree upon a secure, discreet, and trustworthy relationship. The mentee and the mentor will agree upon 3 – 5 meetings over the course of 1 year (in person, via telephone or video) and discuss questions and topics prepared by the mentee.

The GSCN organizes a semi-annual meeting of the mentees to network and discuss experiences and support options. The program ends at the following annual GSCN Conference with a closing meeting with the mentees.

How to apply?

Application deadline is 16 August 2021. The application can only be submitted as E-Mail to gscn.office@mdc-berlin.de.

The application includes:
- a motivation letter, why a participation in the GSCN Mentoring Program will be helpful in upcoming decisions
- a curriculum vitae
- a short description of the research, methods, interests
- a choice for a mentor from the GSCN Mentor List

The GSCN Comitee will reply to your application at the 1 September.
The registration for the GSCN Conference (Ulm, 6 - 8 Oct. 2021) is mandatory, as there will be a first workshop as group of mentees with a coach and a first get-together with the mentors and the signing of the mentoring contract.

We recommend a participation in the non-PI-Meeting (5 Oct 2021 in Ulm),

Terms and conditions

  • Mentees must be GSCN member at the time of application (application form here).
  • Mentee and mentor will commit to the mentoring program for 1 year.
  • Applicants must apply in written format stating why she/he wants to be part of the program.
  • Accepted mentees are responsible for contacting the future mentor directly via email, and coordinate (1) the number of meetings, (2) the dates and (3) the content.
  • At the end of the program, mentees must provide a short evaluation of the outcome of the mentoring process, via a questionnaire provided by the GSCN.
  • By signing the GSCN Mentoring Agreement both mentee and mentor agree to commit time (3-5 meetings over the course of 1 year, preferably at least one in person) and effort to work together to achieve the mentee learning goals and objectives. 
  • By signing the Mentoring Agreement both mentee and mentor agree to honour their mentee-mentor relationship, and to keep all information confidential.

Expenses of the GSCN Mentoring Program:

The GSCN Mentoring Program will be free of charge for the mentees. The GSCN will cover the costs for the semiannual meeting.

GSCN Ombudsperson:

In case of a conflict or misunderstanding between mentor and mentee, the GSCN central office will coordinate mediation of the situation by designating a mediator.

Start:
GSCN Conference, 6 Oct. 2021, Ulm


 
Who is not eligible?
Applicants taking parental leave, senior scientists, junior professors and independent group leaders cannot apply.

In Short

The one-year GSCN Mentoring Program is available to GSCN members only.
Application Deadline:
16 August 2021
Application includes:
- a motivation letter
- a curriculum vitae
- a short description of  your research
- select a mentor from the GSCN Mentor List
Notification of Acceptance:
1 Sept. 2021
Program Start:
GSCN Conference , 6 - 8 Oct. 2021
Program Ending:
GSCN Conference 2022
Questions?
Mail to gscn.office@mdc-berlin.de

More information:

Forum 'Cell Stem Cell': Seven Actionable Strategies for Advancing Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

PDF of the presentation by Anke Raloff from the 4th Annual GSCN Conference, Hannover
Download here (in German)

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