Postdoc mentor program

Over the past couple of years, CoEDL has built up a large community of post-doctoral fellows across a range of research areas. In order to support the post-docs as much as possible at this exciting stage of their career, CoEDL runs a mentoring scheme, pairing up post-docs with CIs from across the Centre.

It is understood that post-docs receive mentoring from the CI who supervises them, and have other informal mentoring relationships set up. The purpose of this scheme is not to replace these, but to give the post-docs access to a wider range of networks and sources of advice and support.

The specific role of the mentors varies depending on the needs, interests and personalities of the mentor and mentee. The kinds of areas where mentoring may be useful include advice re publications (e.g., development of intellectual ideas, setting strategic goals for research dissemination); teaching; guidance re career development; disciplinary, scientific and social citizenship; time management; work-life balance; etc. Mentors also endeavour to keep mentees informed about relevant opportunities for conferences, jobs, scholarships etc. as they arise.

The scheme is voluntary, and is open to all CoEDL post-docs. Mentors are drawn primarily from CoEDL CIs (though in some cases, PIs or AIs may be involved). Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least 2-3 times per year, in person where possible and otherwise, via on-line video (e.g. Skype). Email and/or phone communication outside of these meetings is also encouraged.

The scheme is coordinated by CI Catherine Travis. If you have any questions please contact

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University