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Call for applications: Mentoring Cohort 2020

By Andy Nobes | Aug. 9, 2020  | None  | News

AuthorAID is pleased to announce a new mentoring scheme for 2020. This is a short pilot scheme which will match 10 mentors and 10 mentees, to work together over an initial 6-month period.

We will provide the mentor and mentee with introductions, an orientation session, and guidelines to ensure that objectives and goals are successfully met after 6 months, and hopefully beyond! 


Dates: 2nd September 2020 to 31st March 2021


The AuthorAID team will review the applications. Mentors will be matched to mentees according to areas of expertise and interest. Types of mentoring support can include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Using appropriate research methods
  • Performing data analysis/statistics
  • Manuscript writing and publication
  • Choosing appropriate journals for submitting manuscripts
  • Presentation skills
  • Grant proposal writing
  • PhD proposal writing
  • Career guidance

Successful mentees are likely to be applicants who have clearly defined short and long-term goals and can clearly explain how a mentor can help them to succeed, identifying the skills and experience that they need. We are unlikely to select applicants who only need help short term help editing a manuscript.

Benefits for mentees:

  • The AuthorAID team will select and contact a suitable mentor for you, based on your requirements, expertise, and preferences
  • An opportunity to get valuable advice and support from an experienced mentor
  • Improved insight and skills in research outputs/grants; expansion of your networks; possible new collaborations

Benefits for mentors:

  • An opportunity to make a difference to the career of an Early Career Researcher in Africa, Asia, or Latin America
  • Recognition on the AuthorAID website (certificates can be provided if required)
  • Acknowledgements in research outputs
  • The AuthorAID team will be on hand to mediate if you experience any problems.

How to apply

Please apply by completing the following short survey:


Deadline to apply is midday (UK time) on Friday 21st August.

Successful applicants will be introduced to their mentor/mentee in the first week of September and will need to be available for orientation in the first or second week of September.

Women mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note:

  • As this is a pilot project we will require mentors and mentees to participate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities as part of the project. It will be important for you to provide honest and accurate feedback to help us learn how to improve our mentoring support. However, we will not request access to professional communication between the mentor and mentee.
  • Mentors will be expected to follow strict ethical guidelines, including guidelines on research authorship (see the ICMJE authorship guidelines)

Please email authoraid@inasp.info if you require any further information or clarification.

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