Research Mentors Program

Research Mentors Program

The University of Melbourne Research Mentors Program was established in 2010 to help build research leadership and the research culture of the University and its Institutes through effective mentoring and related activities.

The aim of this elite Program is to provide outstanding research leaders in the University with the ideas, concepts, and tools to become more knowledgeable and effective mentors of their research staff and students. As such, the Program is like a series of Master Classes in the art and craft of research mentoring. An article about the Program (‘The Big Idea’) was published in the Melbourne Voice, February, 2011.

The Program, established and developed with the support of The CASS and Pratt Foundations, involves some of the most experienced research leaders and mentors in the university who work to support the program and its delivery overall. The Senior Mentors group includes:

Prof Sir Gustav NossalProf Bernadette McSherryProf Lesley StirlingProf Lyn Yates
Prof Janet HergtProf Leann TilleyProf Bob WilliamsonProf Barbara Howlett
Prof John McKenzieProf David MacmillanProf Leon MannA/Prof James McCaw

Information Sessions 25 October 2017

Come and learn more about the 2018 Research Mentors Program at one of our information sessions – registrations are essential.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Research Lounge, Level 5, Arts West Building (map)

Register here

Wednesday 25 October 2017 (repeat session)4.00pm – 5.00pmResearch Lounge, Level 5, Arts West Building (map)

Register here

The 2018 Program

The Research Mentors Program runs as a series of 12 two hour Master Classes held on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm throughout the year (usually the last Wednesday of the month). The 2018 program will commence with session 1 on 28 February.

The full set of dates for the 2018 program are:

Feb 28May 9August 15October 17
March 28May 30August 29October 31
April 18July 25September 19November 28

The Program operates as a learning circle in which everyone is expected to participate and contribute to the monthly sessions. All participants in the Program will help develop the topic content and help plan and run sessions.

A condition of acceptance into the Program is a commitment by all participants to attend at least 10 of the 12 sessions and help plan and deliver two of those sessions in collaboration with members of the Senior Mentors group.

The program content is renewed each year.  As an indication, topics covered in the 2016-2017 Program were:

  • Being an Inspiring Mentor
  • The Mentoring Spectrum
  • Mentoring for Sparking the BIG Idea
  • Mentoring for Research Ethics and Etiquette
  • Mentoring for Team Building and Interdisciplinary Research
  • Mentoring for Management and Motivation of Staff
  • Mentoring for Resilience and Set-backs
  • Cross-cultural and International Aspects of Mentoring
  • Women Research Leaders and Equity in Mentoring
  • Why Mentoring Matters: Next Steps
  • Program Wrap Up

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018 Program will be accepted from 25 October 2017, information on how to apply will be available from this website on that date.

Applications for the 2018 Program will close Friday December 8 2017 at 12pm.


For general queries regarding the Research Mentors Program, and for assistance in applying for the program once applications open, please contact:

Dr Sylvia Schaffarczyk
+61 3 8344 8664

For further details on participating in the program, you may contact members of the Steering Group: