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 Nossal

Prof Peter Doherty

Prof Adrienne Clarke

Dr Marjorie Dunlop

Prof Lesley Stirling

Prof Bernadette McSherry

Prof Loane Skene

Prof Lyn Yates

Prof Deirdre Coleman

Prof Leann Tilley

Prof Janet Hergt

Prof Barbara Howlett

Prof Bob Williamson

Prof Tom Healy

Prof Jim Pittard

Prof David Macmillan

Prof John McKenzie

Prof Bill Sawyer

Prof Leon Mann


The 2016-17 Program

The Research Mentors Program in 2016-2017 will be run as a series of two hour Master Classes held on the last Wednesday of the month in the Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7 Boardroom. All sessions run from 3-5pm followed by refreshments.

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

Please complete the pdf application form and email to:
Dr Sylvia Schaffarczyk,

Deadline for applications: by electronic submission, 5pm, April 1 2016


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:

2016-17 Session Topics

Being an Inspiring MentorApril 27
The Mentoring SpectrumMay 11
Mentoring for Sparking the BIG IdeaMay 25
June RecessNo Session
Mentoring for Research Ethics and EttiquetteJuly 27
Mentoring for Team Building and Interdisciplinary ResearchAugust 31
Mentoring for Management and Motivation of StaffSeptember 28
Mentoring for Resilience and Set-backsOctober 26
Cross-cultural and international aspects of mentoringNovember 30
Women Research Leaders and Equity in MentoringMarch 29, 2017
Why Mentoring Matters: Next StepsApril 26, 2017
Wrap UpMay 31, 2017