Peer mentoring

In peer mentoring, a self-initiated group of peers has to be constituted before applying to the program. Usually a group consists of a maximum of 15 persons. They can either be composed of doctoral students and postdocs together, or exclusively of doctoral students, or exclusively of postdocs. All group members have to be a member of one of the six institutions of the ETH Domain during the time span of their mentoring group activities. The groups set a common goal (e.g. career development topic) on which they want to work. They should point out why they want to work on this specific topic. The peers take a proactive attitude and share their knowledge and experiences in the group. Two to five mentors may assist the groups.

What is peer-mentoring? 

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The mentors support the peers in pursuing a career in academia or industry and they share their experiences with the peers. The application submission requires that the peer groups identify in advance at least two persons who would be willing to act as mentors.

Application process is closed.

Peer mentoring groups are open for women and men. But the first and the second co-applicant of the group must be female scientists and the group must consist of a majority of female scientists.

How to find suitable mentors?
A suitable mentor may work in the academic or industrial field. She or he is a person who, at least for some aspects of her or his career path and experience, could be a role model for you. A mentor can be a person you always wanted to work with and/or who is an expert in the topic of the common goal the peer mentoring group has set. Your potential mentor may but does not have to work in the same institution as you do.

Peers commit to regular participation and engagement in the mentoring meetings. They invest sufficient time in the mentoring project according to the planned activities (meetings, workshops/seminars with external experts).

What kind of activities can groups organize?
The respective activities have to be related to the chosen career development topic of the peer group. Examples:

  • Regular peer group meetings in order to exchange knowledge and experiences
  • Meetings or workshops with the mentors
  • 1-2 workshops or seminars with external experts (from academia or industry)
  • Etc.

Financial resources
Expenses for external experts (fees, travel expenses) and mentors are financed. The group has to set up a budget for all planned activities in advance (budget form to download). There is a maximum of CHF 5000 available for every peer mentoring group (for catering max. CHF 500).

Signature Page
Signature page can be downloaded here.

Assessment criteria
The assessment of the applications will be based on the quality and completeness of the application, the motivation and objectives of the group and the predicted positive impact of the mentoring for the career development of the peers.