Mentoring Programs

Mentoring is an effective and proven tool for career advancement and, in addition to qualification measures, an integral part of sustainable personnel development.

Mentoring is a success-oriented instrument of personnel development for the individual promotion of young talent. It offers qualified and motivated junior staff guidance and support in their professional and personal development. In order to support you on your personalized career path, the Graduate Academy GRADUS offers various mentoring programs that are adapted to your needs, respective of your current career stage and orientation. The mentoring programs also provide you the opportunity to expand your networks interdisciplinary, intergenerationally and interinstitutionally within science, industry, and society.

As part of the mentoring community, you benefit from a number of advantages:
  • We put you in touch with mentors who are suitable both professionally and personally.
  • You will receive ongoing support from the mentoring program staff.
  • You will have access to a network of peers and supporters
  • You have the opportunity to participate in regularly scheduled networking events.

The mentoring programs of the GRADUS are open to all young scientists at the University of Stuttgart based on their respective career stage.

The mentoring programs are targeted for the following groups:

ExploreScience is a mentoring program for doctoral students from all disciplines of the University of Stuttgart. Within this program, two new formats were launched in 2021: Group Mentoring and Peer Mentoring

The call for applications for the gourp mentoring is closed. The next call will be announced in November 2022.
The next peer mentoring is expected to start in March 2022. Please check this website for further information. 

AdvanceScience is a mentoring program for postdocs, habilitations and junior research group leaders from all disciplines of the University of Stuttgart. AdvanceScience has a 2-year commitment and offers a mentorship, optional Peer-to-Peer mentoring and networking opportunities.  The next application round will be open in April 2022. More information will follow.

LiveScience is a mentoring program for junior professors and tenure-track professors from all disciplines of the University of Stuttgart. LiveScience has a 2-year mentoring tandem, optional Peer-to-Peer mentoring, Coaching on a need basis and networking opportunities. The 2020 cohort of LiveScience has already started. More information about LiveScience can be found here.

With the mentoring programs, we want to support the mentees in recognizing their opportunities and potentials, thus shaping their own personal and professional development.

We provide for fruitful exchanges with experienced professionals, successful mentors from the fields of science, business, start-ups, politics, culture, and administration as well as with likeminded colleagues from other research areas of the University of Stuttgart.

Mentees in all programs are also able to benefit from the target-group-oriented qualification programs offered by GRADUS in order to expand their skills in the areas of academic, management and career competence.

We organize interdisciplinary networking get-togethers to promote dialogue between mentees, mentors and external professionals though the GRADUS-Lounge.

As a mentor, you provide advice and support to a mentee over a set period time (depending on the specified program). In the mentoring relationship, the mentee takes on a proactive role and arranges regular meetings in consultation with you. These meetings can take place in person, virtually or by telephone. The topics of the individual meetings are determined jointly by you and the mentee and are based on the mentee's needs.

You can find more information about the role as a mentor here.

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Laura Busch


Mentoring Programs Coordinator

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