Mentoring of a young scientist

Mentoring for female postdocs

Mentoring for female postdocs in the early and advanced postdoc phase
Mentoring of a young scientist
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Friedrich Schiller University Jena currently offers various mentoring programmes especially for female postdocs, which we present to you below. Currently, there are no general mentoring programmes for male postdocs apart from the subject-specific support programmes.

Rowena-Morse-Mentoring Programme for female postdocs (early postdoc phase)

Are you a doctoral candidate or a postdoctoral researcher at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena or another Thuringian university? Are you currently in the planning phase of your individual career path? Are you interested in an exchange with an experienced professor and like-minded peers? Are you motivated to network and to develop your personal profile? Then apply for the Rowena Morse Mentoring Programme!

The mentoring programme provides interdisciplinary support for female doctoral candidates in the final phase of their doctorates and for female postdoctoral researchers in the orientation phase of their individual careers. In addition to the placement of a mentor, specific workshops for further qualification are offered. Within the framework of peer mentoring, the mentees network with (young) scientists from other Thuringian universities and are accompanied in groups by experienced professors from the Thuringian universities. The programme runs for a total of 12 months and begins at the end of October/beginning of November of each calendar year. Programme language is German.

The programme is financed by the Thüringer Kompetenznetzwerk Gleichstellung. The basic concept was developed at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and further developed by the Mentoring Working Group of the Thuringian Equality Competence Network as a joint concept of Thuringia's universities.

You can find more information here.


Bianka Dettmer, Dr
Universitätshauptgebäude, Room 1.10
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena

Mentoring Programme for female postdocs of the university network of Halle-Wittenberg, Jena, and Leipzig (advanced postdoc phase)

The mentoring programme for female postdoctoral researchers is an inter-university service provided by the universities of Halle-Wittenberg, Jena and Leipzig. It is targeted at highly-qualified female postdocs, researchers undertaking a "habilitation", junior research group leaders, and junior professors in all disciplines at these universities who were awarded their doctorate at least 2 years ago and aspire to a professorship at a German university. Applicants are also expected to have a serious interest in and high commitment to an academic career.

The programme aims to enable these female researchers

  • to access individual advice and support from experienced mentors (one-to-one-Mentoring) on career-related issues and integration into the scientific community,
  • training sessions on key career-related competences
  • intra- and interdisciplinary professional contacts required for effective planning and pursuit of a career in science.

Each year, up to 24 female postdocs from the three participating universities are admitted to the programme. Upon request, the one-year participation in the programme can be extended by a second year.

You can submit an application to take part in the programme by the end of the winter semester each year. The application phase is announced at each of the three universities. For further information, please visit the website of the mentoring programme for female postdocs.


Ekaterina Maruk
Office of vice-president for young researchers and diversity management
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena