Information for Mentors

Why become a Mentor

Mentor comments:

  • "This is a good opportunity to support junior academics and pay back on some of the great mentoring I've received."
  • "Enjoyable and rewarding way to invest my service to the University."
  • "I learnt from my Mentee! They do things differently to you and sometimes their ways are better than yours."

Mentors will gain and improve skills in mentoring and career management and have the opportunity to "make a valuable contribution to ECAs in a way that would not be possible without the Program". To support the Mentors in their role, NECTAR offers a workshop on strategic mentoring and additional support throughout the Program.

"Mentoring of Early Career Researchers" is listed as a performance indicator for promotion at ANU.



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Who can be a Mentor

The Mentees in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program are a diverse group of junior academics with a range of experiences and mentoring needs. We are therefore recruiting Mentors with diverse experiences, including in academic, industry and professional roles. An affiliation with ANU is not required to enrol as a Mentor. Non-ANU Mentors have to agree to comply with ANU policies and procedures, in particular the ANU Code of Conduct.

The Program offers training and support for Mentors and is suitable for both experienced and inexperienced Mentors.

In this Program, Mentors and Mentees are paired with the aim to create enjoyable and valuable mentoring relationships for both the Mentor and Mentee. The matching process is guided by the individual’s mentoring preferences and needs, e.g. academic mentoring vs. mentoring to support career change. Cross-disciplinary mentoring is encouraged though same-discipline mentoring relationships are possible.


What is involved

NECTAR aims to minimise the required time commitment and administration for Mentors as much as possible. As a minimum requirement, Mentors in the ANU NECTAR Mentoring Program must be prepared to meet regularly with their Mentee for the duration of the Program (~7 months, by electronic means if necessary). Mentor-Mentee pairs will coordinate their own meeting arrangements. It is recommended that Mentor-Mentee pairs meet monthly for one hour but different models may be more suitable for some mentoring relationships. It is the Mentees responsibility to lead the mentoring relationship, e.g. to schedule the meetings; some initial guidance by the Mentor might be required for some Mentees.

Upon enrolment, all Mentors are asked to submit Mentor Profiles that will be published in the Mentor database to assist the matching process. Feedback from Mentees in the Program clearly showed that these profiles are a crucial tool for Mentees to nominate suitable Mentors and cannot be replaced by ANU Researcher profiles as the information provided is very different. NECTAR therefore strongly encourages all Mentors to take a few minutes to prepare their profile.


For an enriched experience, Mentors are invited to participate in the following optional events and activities:

  • 1-hour peer-to-peer reflective session at the start of the Program preceded by an optional 1.5-hour workshop for more in-depth reflections. Update: All face-to-face session have been cancelled. The workshop material will be made available to Mentors for self-paced reflection.
  • Social gathering with all participants in October 2020. Mentors have found these gatherings to be an excellent opportunity for networking and peer-support.
  • Community of Practice for Mentors; mostly self-organised with support from the Program.

For a Program overview, please see here. It is expected that the total investment for Mentors, who participate in all Mentoring Program events and meet their Mentee every month for 7 months, is less than 20 hours over the duration of the 9-month Program. The minimum time investment depends on the frequency and length of the meetings with the Mentee but is estimated to be no more than 10 hours.


How to enrol

To enrol as a Mentor, please fill out the short online form (link provided at the bottom of this page and in various other locations on this website). Upon enrolment you will receive a Mentor welcome email including a template for your Mentor Profile and information regarding the Program commencement workshop for Mentors. Enrolments will be open from 3 February 2020 and will remain open until 30 April.


How to withdraw from the Program

Before 30 April 2020, you can withdraw from your enrolments as Mentor at any time without providing a reason by sending an email to After this date your Mentor Profile will be available to Mentees to nominate you as their preferred Mentor and you will be paired with a Mentee.
Once paired with a Mentee, withdrawal from the Program is possible provided the NECTAR office has been contacted and attempts have been made to resolve relevant issues.