For careers in and outside of academia
A PhD programme is a time to learn about a specific subject but also a time to learn about yourself and where you would like your present self to take you next. The SGSSS Mentoring Programmes have been designed to offer opportunities for career and professional development to Social Science PhD researchers at our partner HEIs.
In 2019, the SGSSS started collaborating with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) to pilot its first mentoring programme focusing on interdisciplinary PhD research. In 2020, supported by the Accelerating Business Collaboration (ABC) fund, a second mentoring programme was piloted, the Career Pathways (CPM) Mentoring Programme. The CPM programme aimed to connect PhD researchers to PhD Alumni with professional experience within the private sector.
With a strong focus on continuous improvement of pre-existing activities, the two mentoring programmes are now available to a wider number of PhD researchers.
Common components of the two SGSSS mentoring programmes
Mentoring is a learning relationship that includes elements of listening, advising, planning, challenging, supporting and sharing experience. In the SGSSS programmes mentoring can be understood as: “A confidential active learning process whereby an experienced, empathic person (the mentor) facilitates the development of another individual (the mentee).”
Mentees are proactive partners in this relationship and they drive the learning: they set objectives for their own learning, lead the agenda for the one-to-one sessions and decide how best to use their time. Mentors are volunteering developmental partners that complement key figures in postgraduate support (e.g., supervisors, advisors, academic mentors) and existing support structures and points of contact.
For a successful mentoring relationship, the total time commitment for the programmes is anticipated to be 8h. Core activities will entail:
- Mentoring launch event, which includes mentors and mentees of both programmes (90mins)
- 4 individual virtual meetings between mentor and mentee (1h each)
- Mentoring social event, a dedicated networking event for each programme (90mins)
- Mentors and mentees feedback sessions/survey to connect and learn from each other as well as contribute ideas for continuous improvement (1h)
Specific components of the SGSSS mentoring programmes
RSE Mentoring Programme
CPM Mentoring Programme
Focus: interdisciplinary, network-building and collaboration
Focus: careers outside academia (private, public, and third sector)
Mentors: members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh or members of the Young Academy of Scotland.
Mentors: SGSSS and partners’ universities alumni mentors
Eligible students: Reserved to ESRC-funded Social Science students in any year of their PhD
Eligible students: all Social Science PhD researchers in Scotland, in their 2nd and 3rd year of PhD study
Length: 12 months
Length: 6 months
Please note that PhD researchers can only apply for one mentoring programme per year. The applications received will be evaluate considering individual motivations and suitability against the purposes of the programmes.
For any questions, please contact the Programme Manager Flaminia Raiteri – firstname.lastname@example.org.