Mentoring, as an individualized learning process in which an experience person (mentor) is paired with a less experienced individual (mentee) over a long period, is an essential element of personnel development at Leipzig University.
The mentoring programme is offered through the University Partnership Halle – Jena – Leipzig; it targets motivated young female scientists, for whom at least two years have passed since the completion of their doctoral degree and whose career goal is a professorship. Roughly eight applicants from each of the three universities can participate in this programme whose maximum duration is 2 years. During this time frame, postdocs at one university are paired with a mentor from a different university so as to achieve a dependency-free mentoring relationship. In addition to one-to-one mentoring, participants benefit from targeted workshops and intensive exchange with one another.
Due to increased demand, the number of participating institutions in the programme will expand in 2017 to include the Max-Planck Institute and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. This expanded participation also includes two additional locations
The mentoring programme for female postdocs is associated with the Office for Equal Opportunities at Leipzig University, as part of programme t.e.a.m. for female postdocs.