Postdoc mentor program

Introducing the post-doc mentoring scheme – call for mentees to select mentors, and for a post-doc co-coordinator.

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 postdocs as much as possible at this exciting stage of your career, we are setting up a mentoring scheme.

As post-docs, you will already be getting mentoring from the CI who is supervising you. That should of course continue, and you are encouraged to make use of other informal mentoring opportunities that are available to you outside of this scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to open you up to a wider range of networks and sources of advice, and to give you a legitimate excuse to bother someone other than your supervisor.

The specific role of the mentors will vary 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 will 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 post-docs. Mentors will be drawn primarily from CoEDL CIs (though in some cases, PIs or AIs may be involved). Mentors and mentees should meet at least 2-3 times per year, in person when possible, but Skype meetings may also be arranged if needed.

CoEDL Fest is an ideal time to get to know the CIs better, and to think about who you might benefit from interacting with more. Following CoEDL Fest an on-line form will be set up for you to nominate three CIs as possible mentors, from which one will be selected. At least one of the 3 you nominate should be from your same institution (in order to facilitate face-to-face meetings). If you would like to nominate a PI or an AI as a mentor, please contact Catherine Travis directly to have their name added to your list of choices.

The scheme will be coordinated by CI Catherine Travis (, in conjunction with a post-doc co-coordinator. If you would be interested in serving in this role, please let Catherine know.

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