Mentoring programme for young female scientists at the University of Innsbruck

The Rectorate of the University of Innsbruck has launched a mentoring programme for young female scientists to promote the development of talented female scientists at the beginning of their careers.

This programme serves the purpose of personal development and offers a year-long opportunity to actively deal with the topic of career development in science by identifying and discussing career paths, identifying additional training needs, exchanging experiences and developing publication and third-party funding strategies. In general, the programme aims to create a space in which mentees can discuss various topics with mentors and other mentees.

The aim of the program is thus to prepare and consciously shape careers in research and create the prerequisites for successful professional developments in science. Participation in this program is intended to lead to an active, target-oriented approach to the topic of "my career in science", but as such has no direct influence on one's employment status at the University of Innsbruck.

The mentors are selected by the Vice-Rector for Research. At least two groups are mentored in tandem: natural sciences/technology and humanities, social sciences and cultural studies.

Applicants are employed by the university and are already at an advanced stage of their dissertation or are early postdocs.

Content of the programme

We offer an introductory event in which both the mentors and the mentees prepare for their work together. Building on this, the mentees continue to work in peer groups on a monthly basis. The respective mentor joins the meeting of the scientists every three months. The programme lasts one year.

Please note that although the introductory event provides assistance in organising the mentoring year, the content should be developed by the mentees and mentors themselves.

Information on the current mentoring programme 2024/2025

In the summer semester 2024, the mentoring program for young female scientists at the University of Innsbruck will start for the eighth time. Applicants should be employed by the University of Innsbruck for the entire duration of the program (i.e. until at least April 30th, 2025; whereby a deviation from this date is possible in exceptional cases) and are already in an advanced stage of their dissertation or are early postdocs.

A selection will be made from among the applicants for the 15 places available.

Please submit your documents (application form, meaningful CV and one-page letter of motivation why you would like to participate in this program) by February 1st, 2024,

Please note that binding registration for participation in the workshops and the opening/closing event is required for admission to the programme (registration takes place - after admission to the programme - via the "Internal training programme"). By registering for the programme, you commit to attending all dates and the peer group sessions.

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 from 16.00 - 18.00 hrs

Workshop mentees
Friday, 19 April 2024 from 9.00 - 10.30 am

Mid-term workshop mentees
Wednesday, 23 October 2024 from 13:30 - 15:00

Thursday, 03 April 2025 from 16.00 - 18.00 hrs

Monthly peer group meetings and 3-monthly meetings with the mentors during the duration of the programme

The seventh round of the mentoring programme started in the summer semester of 2023 and runs until the summer semester of 2024.

Monday, 08 May 2023 from 10.00 - 12.00 am

Workshop mentees
Tuesday, 09 May 2023 from 14.00 - 16.00 hrs

Mid-Term Workshop Mentees
Thursday, 19 October 2023 from 09.00 - 10.30 am

Thursday, 04 April 2024 from 15.00 - 17.00 hrs

Monthly peer group meetings and 3-monthly meetings with the mentors during the duration of the programme

Newsroom from 16.06.2023: Mentoring programme: 6th round completed and 7th round started

Newsroom from 09/05/2022: Mentoring programme: 6th round launched

Newsroom from 04/05/2022: Successful fifth round of the university's programme for the advancement of women

Intranet message from 18.05.2021: Mentoring programme: 5th round started

Newsroom from 08/03/2021: Successful together

Newsroom from 07.03.2017: USupport for female scientists

Newsroom from 01/06/2016: Doors open

Enquiries & advice
Research funding and mentoring

MMag. Dr Gundula Maria Schwinghammer

+43 512 507 34417

Karl-Schönherr-Straße 3
A-6020 Innsbruck

Office hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 4 pm
Friday 9 - 12 o'clock
Appointments outside office hours by appointment

Further information

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