Mentoring Program for Young Female Scientists at the University of Innsbruck

  1. Overview
  2. Content of the program
  3. Information about the program 2024/2025
  4. Mentorin Program 2023/2024
  5. Press review

1. Overview

In order to support the development of talented female scientists at the beginning of their career, the Rectorate of the University of Innsbruck has established a mentoring program for young female scientists.

The program is designed for the purpose of personal development and offers the possibility to actively deal with the topic of career development in science for one year. Among other things, career paths are pointed out and discussed, additional training needs are identified, experiences are exchanged or publication and third-party funding strategies can be developed. In general, a space should to be created in which the mentees can exchange views on various topics with the mentors and the 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 supervised in tandem: natural sciences/technology and humanities, social and cultural sciences.

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

2. Content of the program

We offer an introductory event every cycle, in which both the mentors and the mentees prepare for the joint work. Based on this, the mentees continue to work in peer groups on a monthly basis. Every three months, the respective mentor tandem accompanies the meeting of the mentees. The program lasts one year.

Please note that although the introductory meeting provides assistance in structuring the mentoring year, the content is to be worked out by the mentees and mentors themselves.

3. Information about the current invitation to the mentoring program 2023/2024

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 exeptional cases) and are already in an advanced stage of their dissertation or are early postdocs.

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

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, to

For further questions, please contact Dr. Gundula Schwinghammer (; DW 34417)

Dates and provedure

Please note that admission to the program is linked a binding registration for participation in the workshops and the kick-off/closing event. (the registration is done - after acceptance into the program - via "Internes Fortbildungsprogramm"). By registering, you commit to attend all meetings as well as the peer group sessions.


Wednesday, April 17th 2024 from 16.00 - 18.00 hrs.

Workshop Mentees Friday, April 19th 2024 from 09.00 – 10.30 a.m.
Mid-Term Workshop Mentees Wednesday, October 23th 2024 from 13.30 – 15.00 hrs.

Thursday, April 03th 2025 from 16.00 – 18.00 hrs.

4. Mentoring-Programm 2023/2024

The sixth round of the mentoring program started in the summer semester 2023 and runs until the summer semester 2024.

Daten und Ablauf


Monday, May 08th 2023 from 10.00 - 12.00 a.m.

Workshop Mentees Tuesday, May 09th 2023 from 14.00 – 16.00 hrs.
Mid-Term Workshop Mentees Thursday, October 19th 2023 from 09.00 – 10.30 a.m    

Tuesday, April 09th 2024 from 15.00 – 17.00 hrs.

Monthly peer group meetings and 3-monthly meetings with mentors during the program.

5. Press review

Newsroom from 16.06.2023: Mentoring-Pro­gramm: 6. Runde abge­schlos­sen und 7. Runde gestartet

Newsroom from 09.05.2022: Mentoring-Programm: 6. Runde gestartet

Newsroom from 04.05.2022: Erfolgreiche fünfte Runde des universitären Frauenförderungsprogramms

Intranet News from 18.05.2021: Mentoring-Programm: 5. Runde gestartet

Newsroom from 08.03.2021:

Newsroom from 07.03.2017:

Newsroom from 01.06.2016:

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