FraMeS – Mentoring-Program for Female Scientists
Career Development for PhD-Candidates, Postdocs and junior professors
I What is mentoring?
The mentoring programmes are unknown instruments for career advancement in economy and science. Mentoring is used by universities in particular for a gender-equitable personnel development and should prepare women to an academic career and support them to achieve leading roles. The programme focuses on support and advice given by an experienced mentor to a young scientist or a student (mentee). Mentors share information and experiences, which can be otherwise acquired only informally. The mentee will find support by acquiring technical, social and personal key competences and improve his/her professional network. In this way mentoring combines the traditional areas of support with networking.
The mentees organised an introductory workshop in order to find an appropriate mentor ensuring a productive and effective mentoring partnership based on the mentee’s needs and individual questions. The FraMeS coordinator establishes the first contact with the chosen mentor. At the beginning of the mentoring partnership the partners define the parameters for this partnership.
We would like you to know, that ‘FraMeS’ cannot bear eventual incurred costs, e.g. to go to the mentor.
In order to optimize your individual key competences, during the year you can take part in professional workshops about career management and advancement, self-marketing, management skills, time and self-management, external funding, publication strategy or training for the calling.
The framework programme consists of an introductory workshop on personal standpoint and successful search for mentors, an opening event as well as regular themes-oriented meetings, which should facilitate the communication among the participants.
Profit and expense
Mentees find individual support in planning their own career; during workshops and regular meetings they acquire key competences e.g. in project, time and conflict management and they develop their own professional network. Mentees undertake to attend regularly workshops and network meetings during the 18-month programme. Meetings with the mentors are set up individually within the mentoring-tandem. The mentees will contribute to the evaluation of the programme.
The mentors’ profits consist in reflecting about their own career and way of working (they often do not have time for it in their everyday life), in enhancing their consulting and communicative competences and in building their own professional network. Mentors are the reference people for mentees for one year, in which they provide them individual consultations. If required, they should meet 5 times for 2 hours. Preparation and follow-up of these conversations are up to the mentee. Furthermore, mentor and mentees can decide to solve urgent problems via mail or telephone. At the end of the programme, mentors should evaluate it briefly via telephone.
After having taken part successfully in the programme, the mentees will receive a certificate for the participation.
FraMeS is a project created by the equal opportunities officer of the university of Siegen, Dr. Elisabeth Heinrich, which respects the standards of the association Mentoring in science, Forum Mentoring e.V.
Flyer: Success in science with mentoring (Erfolgreich in der Wissenschaft mit Mentoring)
Application and participation
The programme usually starts every year in Spring. Applications should be submitted to the programme coordinator approximately six months in advance. Here you fill find current information about the deadline for applications and the beginning of the programme.
The participation in the programme is obligatory. After the registration to the programme the participants will receive an overview of the meetings. A workshop or network meeting will take place about every 6-8 weeks within a 18-month programme. The meetings with the mentors need to be agreed individually during the mentoring-tandem.
Note that the programme is in German.
If you are interested, send the programme coordinator the following documents:
- A two-sided exposé of your academic qualification
- Timetable and work plan
- Application form
You can send the documents via (internal) post or electronically in a PDF-document to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Our programme is held in German, unless otherwise stated.
FraMeS programme coordination
Julia Küchel, M.A.Room: AR-M 004/1 (near the AStA Shop)
Phone: 0271 740 - 3974
Address: Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2, 57068 Siegen
Office hours: Tue - Thu all day