AdvanceScience Mentoring round 2023/2

September 30, 2023

Topic: mentoring programs
Provider: Graduierten-Akademie (GRADUS)

Time: September 30, 2023 – January 30, 2026
  Please pay attention to the program schedule at the end of the page.
Registration close: September 30, 2023
This continuing education course is aimed at : postdocs, Junior research group leaders
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AdvanceScience Mentoring - briefly explained

AdvanceScience is a two-year mentoring program in a 1-on-1 format for postdocs, habilitation candidates, and junior research group leaders. In 1-on-1 mentoring, a mentee is brought together with an experienced mentor from the areas of academia, business, or society for a hierarchy-free, regular exchange. Mentee and mentor define bilaterally how to work together during the mentoring.

What are the benefits for you as mentee?

  • Awareness of their own strengths and impact.
  • Gaining clarity about their own career path.
  • Access to relevant networks.
  • Support in career-relevant decision-making processes.
  • Inspiration for the implementation of their own goals.
  • Insights into work structures and processes.
  • Participation in networking activities of the Graduate Academy.
  • Support from the mentoring team during the whole mentoring program.
  • Certificate after successful participation (kick-off, reflection and closing event).

How does it work?

Step 1: In the application, including a personal interview with the Graduate Academy, the mentee indicates preferences regarding the mentor and his/her working background: 1) Academia, 2) Business or 3) Society.

Step 2: According to these preferences, a suitable mentor is searched and mentee and mentor are brought into contact by GRADUS.

Step 3: After successful matching, the mentee takes the initiative. At the beginning of mentoring, mentee and mentor jointly define the conditions for their mentoring (how to meet, frequency of meetings, topics, etc.). In the mentoring, the mentee is the driving force.

Note: For those who are uncertain about which career to pursue or about the mentor’s working background, our decision workshop "Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft - welcher Karriereweg ist der richtige für mich? (25 September, 2023, 10 am - 4 pm, in German, for postdoctoral researchers, registration will open at the end of August) can help to get a clearer idea.

The program lasts two years. It starts with a Kick-off and ends with a Closing Event. A reflection meeting takes place after one year.

To take part in the AdvanceScience Mentoring Program, we ask the participants to pay a one-time participation fee of 75,00 Euro. This fee helps us to offer catering at the networking activities within our mentoring programs.


Call for applications

August 2023
Optional: Decision workshop for postdoctoral researchers (in German language) – virtually

September 25, 2023, 10 am - 4 pm 

Registration will open at the end of August

Deadline for applications

September 30, 2023

Personal Interviews – virtually

October 23  - 26, 2023, individual dates tbc

Kick-Off event – virtually or face-to-face

January, 26, 2024
Reflection meeting – virtually or face-to-face

2024, tbc

Closing event – virtually or face-to-face

2025, tbc

Participation requirements and application

  • The mentee should be willing to proactively establish and maintain a mentoring relationship.
  • Participation in the kick-off and closing event as well as the reflection meeting is mandatory.
  • The group size is limited to 20 participants. Individual interviews will take place after the application phase.
  • The University of Stuttgart, we want to significantly increase the proportion of women in all status groups, which is why half of the places are reserved for women.
  • A general willingness to become a mentor in the future is assumed.
  • To take part in the AdvanceScience Mentoring Program, we ask the participants to pay a one-time participation fee of 75.00 Euro. This fee helps us to offer catering at the mentoring networking events.

Here you can apply as a mentee and become part of our inspiring network. Please fill out the profile form and send it to us together with your CV. The information you provide will help us find a suitable mentor for you. If you have any questions, please contact us at 



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Ekaterina Deckers


Coordinator Mentoring Programs

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