Information for Mentors

Mentor enrolments for the 2019-20 Program have closed. If you would like to participate in the Program, please contact us directly.


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."
  • "Supporting my Mentee has triggered a process of helpful self-reflection on my own career progression."

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 now listed as a performance indicator for promotion at ANU.


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 (including work experience outside the university) and mentoring needs. We are therefore recruiting Mentors with diverse experiences and qualities; including experience in academia, industry and beyond. An affiliation with ANU is not required to enrol as a Mentor.

This Program aims to accommodate two types of mentoring:

  • Experience Mentoring: Mentors offer advice based on their own experiences, qualities and achievements.
  • Facilitation or Process Mentoring: Mentors engage Mentees in discussions and/or personal reflection. This mentoring style is particularly useful in peer-mentoring.

Different types of mentoring will work for different Mentees and situations. 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 (~10 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 invited to submit Mentor Profiles that will be published in the Mentor database to assist the matching process. Feedback from Mentees in the 2018-19 Program clearly showed that these profiles are a crucial tool for Mentees to nominate suitable Mentors and cannot be replaced by ANU Researchers 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 encouraged to participate in the following optional events:

  • Mentors will be invited to attend a 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. The workshop material will also be made available for self-paced reflection for those Mentors who are unable to attend the face-to-face session.
  • Mentors will be invited to attend social gatherings with all participants at the beginning, mid-term check-point and end of the Program. Mentors have found these gatherings to be an excellent opportunity for networking and peer-support.
  • Additional peer-support will be provided through mid-Program Focus Groups as part of the Program evaluation. Mentors are also invited to respond to a short online-questionnaire at the end of the Program to further assist with the Program evaluation.
  • Regular informal peer-to-peer sessions will be offered to all Program participants.

It is expected that the total investment for Mentors, who participate in all Mentoring Program events and meet their Mentee every month for 10 months, is less than 25 hours over the duration of the 1-year 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 12 hours.


How to enrol

To enrol as a Mentor, please fill out the short online form (link provided below 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 5 February 2019 and will remain open until mid-May. If you enrol after 12 April you will not be able to attend the workshop for Mentors.


How to withdraw from the Program

Before 18 April 2019, 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.