Mentoring program for doctoral researchers

ExploreScience is a mentoring program for doctoral researchers from all disciplines of the University of Stuttgart.

Within the ExploreScience program, we have developed two new formats for you: Group Mentoring and Peer Mentoring. In addition, GRADUS offers participants a comprehensive qualification and framework program for training and networking beyond one's own discipline, institution, and career stage.

We are happy that with these new formats more doctoral researchers will benefit from our mentoring programs in the future.

Group mentoring | NEW

A new mentoring format was launched in December 2021 within in the ExploreScience program: the group mentoring. What is special about the new format? It enables valuable exchange and networking at the same time with an experienced mentor on the one hand, and with the own peers on the other.

More details can be found below.

Peer mentoring | NEW

The next call for registrations will open in March 2022. More information will be published soon.

In the group mentoring, a small group of 6 to 8 mentees is formed on the basis of a chosen career path (science, busines or society) with focus on special topics (e.g. career strategies, reconciliation of family and career), and supervised by one mentor from this field. Mentees and mentor*in meet in regular structured working meetings and exchange views on professional, career and everyday life-related issues. The mentoring takes place only within the groupmeetings. The duration of the program is 6 months.

All doctoral researchers at the University of Stuttgart are invited to participate. In case of great interest, doctoral researchers in the second half of their doctorate will be given preference. The number of participants is limited.

  • Exchanging experience with peers and a mentor from science, business or society.
  • Joint reflection, discussion, and mutual support on relevant professional, career, and everyday issues in a trusting, appreciative, and noncompetitive setting.
  • Building up and widen your network.

At the beginning, the group defines the goals, topics, process, and rules of cooperation together with the mentor and agrees on fixed dates and how to meet (virtually or in presence). The meetings take place at least once a month in a self-organized manner and are moderated by the group. The group mentoring starts with a kick-off event and ends with a closing event.

Step 1: When registering, the mentee indicates the desired career path: 1) science, 2) business, or 3) society.

Step 2: Groups are formed according to the career paths. We conduct a group interview with each group to define main topics and clarify open questions.

Step 3: Based on the main topics, GRADUS will form the final group and assign a mentor.

A decision workshop of approx. 2h duration will be offered in advance of the program to achieve a clearer idea regarding one's own career path.

A general willingness to act as a mentor in the future is required. Interested persons apply at the latest by December 12, 2021 with their CV, a short letter of motivation and the completed profile form. Please use the provided templates.


The following timeline gives you an overview on the whole program and important deadlines.

Call for applications is published November 2021

Q&A Session (in English) – online  

Important: Due to the high interest, we offer a separate info session in English.

Dec 8, 2021, 3-4pm Registration Q&A (in English)

Deadline for application December 12, 2021
Group interview – online December 17, 2021, time tbc
Kick-Off event – online February 2022
Regular group meetings mentees  and mentor – online or live Once a month with approx. 2h duration, independently organized and led by the group itself together with the mentor, dates have to be fixed in the beginning
Closing event – online August 2022

Any questions open? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Laura Busch


Mentoring Programs Coordinator

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