One to One Mentoring

You qualify for applying for this program if you are a female doctoral student in your 3rd year or above or a female postdoc in one of the six institutions of the ETH Domain during the entire time span of your mentoring project. During the period 2021-2024, Fix the Leaky Pipeline offers three runs of one-to-one mentoring. The 3rd run will start in spring semester 2023 and will last for one year.

What does the One-to-one mentoring offer?

The mentor will provide you with support and advice on career related issues like networking, career planning, work-life balance, career and family issues, funding questions etc. (see guidelines chapter below). Scientific questions are not in the core.

What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?


Mentees commit to regular participation in the mentoring meetings (at least 5 meetings during the time of the mentoring program). The mentee is responsible for maintaining the mentoring relationship. She invests sufficient time in the mentoring project (approximately two hours per meeting, including preparation and participation in the Kick-off event and the intermediate event).

Application and assessment

The deadline for the call was January 9, 2023
All candidates have to fill in the application form. Maximum 40 mentees will be selected by the Working Group for Equal Opportunities in the ETH Domain; candidates will receive confirmation of their selection during the 2nd half of March.
The assessment of acceptance of your application will be based on the quality and completeness of the application, your motivation and objectives, and the predicted positive impact of the mentoring for your career development.

Events - Save the Dates:

A kick-off event was organised on Tuesday May 2, 2023 to launch the program. You can find herewith the slides of the presentation.

An intermediate event was organised on Thursday October 5, 2023. Here you can find the slides of the presentation.

Participation in these two events is mandatory for the mentees and optional for mentors. Both events are held online.

How to find a suitable mentor?

A suitable mentor may come from academia (professor, senior scientist or group leader) or industry. 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. Your potential mentor may but does not have to work in the same field or in the same institution as you do. In any case, your mentor should not be your boss. You should also consider possible conflicts of interest if there is a (potential) situation of competition between you and a mentor.
You are encouraged to propose a potential mentor. This could be someone you have heard of, a person you met or saw at a conference, someone you have heard a speech or read an article from, a person you have identified through LinkedIn or by other means. You could ask your group members or colleagues for advice, and you should ask yourself questions like “what can I learn from this person”. If you do not have any suggestions, the project coordination will help you finding a mentor.

If you have identified (a) potential mentor(s), please indicate her/his/their name(s) in the application form. Once your application is accepted, the project coordination will officially contact the person.

Financial resources

Mentees are entitled to a financial contribution up to CHF 200.- for travel expenses incurred for mentoring meetings (original tickets needed).

Individual coaching session

FLP offers a limited number of one-hour individual coaching sessions to a reduced fee (CHF 50) with one of the coaches or trainers of the FLP program (see list below). This session can support you in your career planning process and help you reflect on your own situation. If you are interested, you can apply via this application form.


You can download the mentoring guidelines here.

What participants say
"I had a fantastic mentoring experience where the mentor became more of a person I can really trust and always reach out to for advice outside of the context of the FLP program. I like to think that the interaction worked so well because it was mutually beneficial to some extent ‐ we shared frustrations and thoughts on diversity and inclusion in academia, the messy politics, and challenging co‐workers and were able to discuss these topics in a safe space with each other. I truly feel I have found someone I can talk to for the rest of my academic career!"
"We had great conversations. My mentor helped me a lot during a difficult time in my PhD. She supported me in building a vision towards the future which gave me a lot of motivation. She was one of the first women with whom I was able to have a professional conversation about academia, career, etc. This was extremely valuable for me."

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