Mentoring Programs

for Doctoral Researchers, Postdocs, Junior Professors and Tenure-Track Professors.

Consultation hour for mentees
Are you interested in our mentoring programs? Do you have current questions or issues regarding your own mentoring relationship? Would you like to give us feedback or share an idea? We looking forward to your hearing from you! 
Consultation hours with the mentoring program coordinator take place individually by appointment. Please send your appointment request to the following email address:

ExploreScience is a mentoring program for doctoral researchers from all disciplines of the University of Stuttgart. Two formats are offered within the program: Group Mentoring and Peer Mentoring. 

The application for the next Group Mentoring is open now. The application deadline is February 24, 2023. Information sessions will be held online on January 31, 2023, 2-3 p.m. in German and February 2, 2023, 2-3 p.m. in English. For more information, click here (please scroll down in the list).

Registration for the Peer-Mentoring Program 2023 is open as well. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering four rounds of peer-mentoring this year. Information sessions for all rounds will be held on February, 14, 2023, 3-5 pm in German and on April 03, 2023, 3-5 pm in English. 
For more information, click here.

AdvanceScience is a mentoring program for postdocs  - with or without habilitation project  - and junior research group leaders from all disciplines of the University of Stuttgart. The program has a 2-year commitment and offers a one-on-one mentorship with an experienced mentor. Additionally, you benefit from the opportunity to connect with other mentees in the program and to participate in various networking events. 

The call for applications in the AdvanceScience Program 2022 is closed. The next call will be published in spring 2023.

LiveScience is a mentoring program for junior professors and tenure-track professors from all disciplines of the University of Stuttgart. The mentoring starts individually on demand and has a 2-year commitment. You benefit from a one-on-one mentorship with one or two experienced mentor/s. Additionally, you have the opportunity to connect with other mentees in the program and to participate in various networking events.

A participation is possible at any time.

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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Ekaterina Deckers


Coordinator Mentoring Programs

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