Mentoring programmes

The following website gives an overview of the programme schedule and the thematic foci of the mentoring programmes ProScience and ProViae.

ProScience & Proviae

The mentoring programmes ProScience and ProViae accompany and support female early career researchers in orientation and decision-making processes as well as in their competence development, enabling them to shape their own career paths individually and competently. The duration of both programmes is 18 months. The current programme cycle has started in summer 2021. A new cycle will begin in 2023. To get an impression of the wide range of workshops and events offered, please visit the archive of events.

Mentoring Programmes ©Leuphana
Overview of the support programmes for female early career researchers at Leuphana University Lüneburg.

ProScience

ProScience is aimed at female postdocs and junior professors pursuing a university career and striving for a professorship. Therefore, the programme’s main focus is on professorial appointment and eligibility for professorship. It consists of three central components: two group-coaching phases, one-to-one mentoring, and individual coaching.

Schedule ProScience ©Leuphana
Programme Schedule ProScience

 1. Group-Coaching Phases

In the first phase of the group-coaching process, regular binding workshops are offered, serving the purpose of clarifying individual professional goals and providing a space to reflect and approach them strategically. The coaching sessions are usually offered by external speakers. Topics include, for example, appointment procedures or leadership in a scientific environment. There are already two mandatory events for the new mentoring programme cycle. These include the kick-off event on 9 September 2021 and an event on strategic career planning with Dr. Claudia Neusüß on 10 September 2021. The second group-coaching phase covers a divers range of topics for strategic career planning and development such as rhetorical training and workshops on the acquisition of funding.

2. One-to-one Mentoring

An important main component of this programme is the relationship between the mentee and the self-chosen mentor. In the one-to-one mentoring process, an experienced mentor accompanies the mentee on their career path at eye-level. A group coaching for the mentoring tandem offers support before searching for and deciding on a suitable mentor.

3. Individual Coaching

Individual coaching is oriented towards the demands and needs of each individual programme participant. Together with the mentee, the programme coordinator determines a possible need for consultation and finds suitable coaches. Postdocs and junior professors can make use of this offer to get specific support and consultation concerning strategic career steps and decision-making. Individual coaching sessions can address individual questions on career development or deal with the preparation for appointment procedures. In addition, they offer an application check for a professorship, and support in academic English or in publishing and working with the KODE® concept (competence-diagnostics and development). At the start of the new mentoring programme cycle, individual coaching sessions with Dr. Claudia Neusüß on strategic career planning will be offered on 30  September and 01 October 2021.

The schedule for the binding group-coaching sessions can be found under events and dates. A contribution towards expenses of 25 Euros is required for participation in the entire programme.

ProViae

The mentoring programme ProViae is aimed at female doctoral candidates, who wish to orientate themselves regarding possible career paths and positions based on their academic qualifications and experience, and who aim for careers inside or outside of academia. The goal of this programme is to support participating female early career researchers in their career planning process and to prepare them for leading positions. The programme consists of four central components: two group-coaching phases, success teams, one-to-one mentoring, and individual coaching.

Schedule ProViae ©Leuphana
Programme Schedule ProViae

1. Group-Coaching Phases

There are two group-coaching phases. The first one is mandatory and aims at promoting individual career orientation and at encouraging self-reflection. Therefore, the coachings and workshops focus on strategic career planning and development. The second phase of the group-coaching offers more options like advanced training on various topics focusing on networking, dealing with challenges in the doctoral period or work-life-balance. The new mentoring programme cycle starts with a kick-off event on 9 September 2021 with Dr. Claudia Neusüß and an event on strategic career planning on 16 / 17 September 2021 with Dr. Antje Schultheis. On 25 / 26 November 2021, there will be group coaching on occupational area orientation and an introduction to mentoring and working in success teams. Further information is available at events and dates.

2. Success Teams

The success team component of the programme is designed to enable the mentees to network with and, with the help of peer mentorings, support and accompany each other during their professional development by applying a solution- and goal-oriented approach.

3. One-to-one Mentoring

Within one-to-one mentoring, the mentoring team will help participants to find a suitable mentor working inside or outside of academia, depending on their career plans and aspirations. The mentoring tandem offers participants the opportunity to exchange ideas at eye-level with experts and receive suggestions and advice on career planning and development. An intensive group-coaching will prepare the group for the mentoring tandem. It supports the mentees in their decision-making process to find a suitable mentor and provides impulses for the upcoming mentoring process.

4. Individual Coaching

Individual coaching is oriented towards the demands and needs of each individual programme participant. Together with the mentee, the programme coordinator determines a possible need for consultation and finds suitable coaches. Doctoral candidates can make use of this offer to get specific support and consultation concerning strategic career steps and decision-making. Individual coaching sessions can address individual questions on career development or deal with the preparation for appointment procedures. In addition, they offer an application check for applications inside and outside of academia, and support in academic English or in publishing, rhetoric, voice and presentation training as well as KODE® coaching for competence development.

The schedule for the binding group-coaching sessions can be found under events and dates. A contribution towards expenses of 25 Euros is required for participation in the entire programme.

Contact

ProScience

Dr. Katrin Hassler
Uni­ver­sitätsal­lee 1, C40.157
21335 Lüne­burg
Fon +49.4131.677-1276
proscience@leuphana.de

ProViae

Dr. Annemarie Burandt
Universitätsallee 1, C40.157
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1792
proviae@leuphana.de

ProViae

Dr. Beate Friedrich
Universitätsallee 1, C40.156
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-4103
proviae@leuphana.de