The Fix the Leaky Pipeline mentoring program offers two independent mentoring schemes for female doctoral students and postdocs. It aims to support young female scientists in the ETH Domain in their career development. The one-to-one mentoring is targeted at female doctoral students in their 3rd year or above and postdocs, while the peer mentoring is aimed at female and male doctoral students and postdocs.
The one-to-one mentoring is based on a relationship in which a more experienced person (mentor) supports a less experienced person (mentee) in developing her career. In a mentoring relationship, the mentor shares her/his experiences in academia or industry with the mentee. The goal of a mentoring relationship is to empower and support the mentee in her career and in addressing upcoming career steps.
A mentoring relationship is based on mutual trust, respect and an open dialogue. All personal aspects discussed are strictly confidential. There should be no direct hierarchical dependence between a mentor and a mentee.
In peer mentoring, persons who are nearly at the same stage of their careers (peers) constitute themselves as group and take a proactive attitude to share their knowledge and experiences, with selective support from several more experienced adviser. The goal of peer mentoring is to empower and support participants to actively develop their careers in academia or towards industry and to establish adequate networks. The advisors assist the group and help them in developing scientific and personal skills.
In the FLP peer-mentoring scheme, peer groups are asked to constitute themselves ahead of the application. For their activities, peer groups can apply for up to CHF 5000.- financial support for the duration of one year.
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Peer mentoring relationships are based on mutual trust, respect and an open dialogue. All personal aspects discussed are strictly confidential.