Mentoring scheme

Call for mentors and mentees open now!

We ran our mentoring scheme for the first time last year and we were overwhelmed by the positive response. Applications to be a WSG mentor or mentee are now open and will remain open until midnight 14 January 2022. Please send completed applications to Brianna Robertson-Kirkland (Brianna.Robertson-Kirkland@glasgow.ac.uk). She will be back in touch with you by the 31 January 2022 to let you know the outcome of your application.

The downloadable application forms are available below:

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Details about the scheme

Academia is becoming an increasingly competitive environment and some may feel at a loss when it comes to developing new research projects, producing publications, building networks and curating knowledge exchange events/resources. All of these activities are an important part of scholarly work and can help build a lucrative research portfolio (no matter the field). Yet, graduates may struggle to find specific support in these areas, especially if they do not belong to an institution.  

The WSG recognise that among its members is a diverse community with a wealth of expertise and experience, as well as those who would benefit from collegial support. With this in mind, we are implementing a mentoring scheme. The scheme hopes to pair mentees and mentors from similar fields to work together on one or more goals. A goal could be a mentee seeking advice on developing a fellowship application or a funding application, or perhaps developing a new research project, writing an article or book proposal or developing a knowledge exchange activity. We also strongly encourage mentees to work with their mentor to develop a WSG bursary application.

The WSG bursary is offered to an early career researcher*, independent scholar or PhD student who is a member of the WSG and the bursaries are intended to support research in any aspect of women’s studies in the period 1558-1837. The joint WSG / Foundling Museum bursary is also offered to the Foundling Hospital Research Forum (FHRF).For further information, please see our bursary page.

Mentors and Mentees will be members of the WSG and it is up to the mentor and mentee to decide how often they would like to meet. We recommend meeting at least three times, for 60-minutes over the course of an academic year. Topics for discussion at these meetings could consist of the following:

  • Meeting 1: getting to know one another, establishing a goal/goals, considering if a project could be developed for a WSG bursary application, timeline.
  • Meeting 2: catch up, is the goal/goals on track, re-evaluating the timeline, what will be achieved by the next meeting.
  • Meeting 3: catch up, has the goal/goal been achieved (for example, is an application/article ready for submission), feedback on the mentorship process and are there any next steps.

This is just a suggested plan. Mentors and Mentees are welcome to devise meetings, goals, and/or plans as they see fit.

While we hope a small, tangible outcome will come from these mentorships, we also recognise that many will benefit from the advice offered and forming a collegial relationship, even if there is not tangible outcome. On completion of the mentorship, Mentors and Mentees will be asked to feed back about the process and they may be invited to contribute a short blog post about their experience for the WSG website.

Want to read about how some of mentors and worked together? Please read the following blog posts:

The Mentor’s Experience by Gillian Williamson

The Mentee’s Experience by Eva Lippold