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PdA Mentoring Scheme for Postdocs

The Michaelmas Term 2020 call is now closed. The next call is anticipated to take place in Easter Term 2021.

If you would like to be notified when our next programme call goes live, please complete this brief register of interest.

Our popular and successful mentoring scheme offers individualised formal matching between a mentee (postdoc) and a mentor. Mentors come from academia, business and industry but could also come from governance, administration and charities if requested. Academic mentors are drawn from close to but outside the postdoc’s core research area to allow for complete openness in meetings.

Our scheme focuses on Developmental Mentoring, where a postdoc and their mentor work together and create solutions and action plans for successful career progression and personal development. Successful mentoring can lead to increased productivity, career satisfaction and greater reported self-efficacy in the mentee. Participation in such a scheme can be particularly useful for women and minority groups as it has been shown to reduce disparities with other academic members.

  • Both mentors and mentees receive training in developmental mentoring and to set expectations for the programme
  • Postdocs are individually matched with an academic working in a related but different research area or with a mentor from outside academia 
  • Mentors and postdocs meet 4-6 times over a one-year period
  • The meetings and their contents are driven by the postdoc
  • All meetings are confidential

Time commitment:

  • Both postdocs and mentors are required to attend a 1 hour training session
  • Meetings between postdocs and mentors last 30 – 60 minutes each


  • Any postdoc working at Cambridge University, the Colleges and University Partner Institutions. If you would like to participate, please fill out the form here
  • Potential mentors see below for further details

If you have any queries or questions regarding the scheme please get in touch with the team at


For potential mentors

The University of Cambridge and its partner institutions employ over 4000 postdocs, and so we are always looking to expand our pool of potential mentors to meet the development needs of this staff group. There is always a high demand for academic mentors, but we also receive applications from postdocs who are interested in learning about other job sectors from individuals who have direct experience.

Details about the scheme can be found above. If you would like to mentor a University of Cambridge postdoc, please complete this form, and we will include you in our next mentoring call. 

If you have any queries or questions regarding the scheme please get in touch with the team at

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