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 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 Melbourne Voice February 2011.

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

Prof Sir Gustav NossalProf Peter Doherty
Prof Adrienne ClarkeDr Marjorie Dunlop
Prof Lesley StirlingProf Bernadette McSherry
Prof Loane SkeneProf Lyn Yates
Prof Deirdre ColemanProf Leann Tilley
Prof Janet HergtProf Barbara Howlett
Prof Bob WilliamsonProf Tom Healy
Prof Jim PittardProf David Macmillan
Prof John McKenzieProf Bill Sawyer
Prof Leon Mann 

The 2018 Program

The Research Mentors Program in 2018 will be run as a series of two hour Master Classes held monthly. The program will commence in March, with applications being accepted in early 2018. Please subscribe to the Melbourne CSHE eNewsletter for alerts on applications opening.

The Program operates as a learning circle in which everyone is expected to participate and contribute in the monthly sessions. All participants in the Program will help develop the topics and help plan and run two sessions. A condition of acceptance into the Program is a commitment to attend at least 80 percent of sessions and help plan and deliver two sessions with members of the Senior mentors group.

How to Apply

Instructions on how to apply will be available in early 2018.


For general queries regarding the Research Mentors Program, and for assistance in applying for the program, 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:

The program content is renewed each iteration, as an indication of recent topics, here are the 2016-17 session topics:

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