Information for Mentees


Applications to participate as a Mentee in the 2019-20 Program have closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome on 15 March 2019.


Why become a Mentee
  • The evidence-based approach to mentoring used in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program is goal-oriented and tailored to the individual needs of the Mentee (Harvey et al, 2017).
  • Evaluation of the 2018-19 Program showed that Mentees feel more confident and job satisfied as a result of participating in the Program.
  • Mentees also reported that participating in the Program has given them the opportunity and confidence to build and maintain networks that have already proven valuable to their careers.


Who can be a Mentee

The ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program is most relevant to academic staff in their first few years working as academics in teaching and/or research roles. Mid-career academics may find the Program relevant but are encouraged to participate as Mentors. It is possible to participate both as Mentee and Mentor.

This Program is particularly useful to ECAs who would like to connect with a Mentor from a different discipline though same-discipline mentoring relationships are possible. A small number of non-academic Mentors will be available as well.

Eligibility criteria
The following eligibility criteria have been approved by all ANU Colleges.

Mentees will be early-career academics of ANU.
The following staff are eligible to apply to participate as Mentees in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program:

  • ANU academic staff levels A-C in teaching and/or research roles
  • Casual sessional academic staff
  • Visiting Fellows
  • ANU Medical School honorary academics

provided they have a contract/affiliation with ANU for greater than six months.

There are limited placements in the Program with quotas for the different ANU Colleges. Priority will be given to academic staff. Applications from casual sessional staff and Visiting Fellows will be considered on a case-to-case basis. All applications will be reviewed by endorsed ANU College representatives whose recommendations will be considered by the Mentoring Program Governance Committee, chaired by the Dean of Staff. When selecting successful applications the Governance Committee's decision is final. All applications will be moderated relative to opportunity. Mentees of the previous round of the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program will gain placements only if available.


What is involved

The ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program is a high-cost Program. Mentees must therefore be prepared to participate for the full duration of the one-year Program. It is expected that Mentees will achieve this goal over such obstacles as change of job and moving to a different University, e.g. through electronic means.

  • Mentees are expected to regularly meet their Mentor for the duration of the Program, e.g. monthly, and to lead the mentoring relationship, e.g. scheduling meetings and setting agendas.
  • To prepare the Mentee for the mentoring relationship and to complement the mentoring experience, Mentees will be invited to attend three half-day workshops at the beginning, mid-term checkpoint and end of the Program. While attendance is not mandatory, NECTAR strongly encourages all Mentees to participate in these professional development opportunities. Some reflective preparation is recommended before attending the workshops.
  • To assist with the matching process, Mentees will be invited to nominate Mentors after reviewing the Mentor profiles. The matching committee, comprising NECTAR staff and ANU College representatives, will then match Mentees with a suitable Mentor based on their nominations and needs as Mentee.
  • Mentees will be invited to social gatherings and informal peer-sessions with all Program participants, an excellent opportunity for networking and peer-support.
  • To assist with the evaluation of the Program, Mentees will be invited to respond to online-surveys at the beginning, mid-term check-point and end of the Program and to participate in Focus Groups.

It is expected that the total investment for Mentees, who participate in all Mentoring Program events and meet their Mentor every month for 10 months, is less than 35 hours over the duration of the 1-year Program. The minimum time investment depends on the frequency and length of the meetings with the Mentor but is estimated to be no more than 12 hours.


How to apply

Placement in the Program are strictly limited with quotas for the different ANU Colleges to ensure equity of access. ECAs can apply to become a Mentee by filling out an online application form (links provided on this website). Applications for the 2019-20 Program will open on 5 February 2019 and close 3 March 2019. As part of the application process, applicants will be required to confirm that they have read and understood what is involved in participating in the Program as a Mentee (see above). Applicants will also be given the opportunity to provide a reason why they would like to participate as a Mentee in the Program (100 words max).
All applications will be considered by the selection committee comprising NECTAR staff, ANU College representatives and the Program Governance Committee. Applications will be moderated relative to opportunity and successful applicants will be selected reflecting the diversity of ECAs at ANU. Successful applicants will be notified on 15 March 2019.

Applications can be withdrawn without providing an explanation by sending an email to by 3 March 2019.


How to withdraw from the Program

If issues occur, Mentees should contact NECTAR staff who will attempt to assist. If the issue cannot be resolved, Mentees can formally withdraw from the Program provided NECTAR staff have been notified.