skip to primary navigationskip to content


Biomedical Campus PhD Mentoring Scheme

The current round of this scheme is now closed to new applicants. 


OPdA Mentoring Scheme for Postdocs

The 2019 round of Mentoring for Postdocs is open for sign-up!

DEADLINE: 9:00am Monday 4 February 2019.

The scheme offers individualised formal matching between a mentee (postdoc) and a mentor drawn from outside their core research area or outside academia.

It focuses on Developmental Mentoring, where a postdocs 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. Mentors benefit from increased self-reflection of their role and development of effective skills as a group leader.

Mentoring can be particularly useful for women and minority groups as it has been shown to reduce disparities with other academic members.

The scheme:

  • Both mentors and mentees receive training
  • 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:

  • Postdocs are required to attend a 2-hour lunchtime training session
  • Meetings between postdocs and mentors last 30 – 60 minutes each


  • Any postdoc with links to Cambridge University, the Colleges and University Partner Institutions


In order to take part in the mentoring programme training, please fill in this form.

For more information please email .


Other Mentoring Schemes for Postdocs





School of Clinical Medicine   

Ms Nakita Gilbert, nakita.gilbert@

Plant Sciences postdocs/mentoring

Dr Trisna Tungadi, tdt24@

Dr Hester Sheehan, hs629@

Chemistry pdac/mentoring

Mrs Kathleen Pickett,



Postdoc Committee

Dr Thanuja Galena, dtlg2@

Dr Susan Jackson, sj10001@

CRASSH programmes/ postdoctoral-researcher-forum

Dr Alison Wood, ajew3@

Dr Rachel Holmes, reh90@

MRC Epidemiology

Mentoring Programme for PhD students and Postdocs






Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

for all staff professional-development/mentoring-university-cambridge


Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

for Postdocs postdocs/programme-courses-postdocs/introduction-coaching-and-mentoring


For any changes and additions about your mentoring scheme signposted here please contact: . Thanks

« November 2018 »

RSS Feed Latest news

University launches Rental Deposit Loan Scheme

Nov 08, 2018

To improve support to staff and assist both recruitment and retention, the University has introduced a new rental deposit loan scheme for all current and prospective members of staff.

Join the Committee for Shaping Horizons 2019 - Fostering Diplomacy through Science and Technology: apply by 11 November

Nov 02, 2018

Shaping Horizons 2019 is a novel science-entrepreneurship diplomacy initiative and will be the first of a series of biennial summits with the ambitious purpose of bringing together leaders from two different regions of the world to discuss pressing challenges and promote diplomatic ties.

Free places for postdocs at the Genomics! Venture Creation Weekend

Oct 16, 2018

15 free places at the Genomics! Venture Creation Weekend (16-18 November, at Cambridge Judge Business School) are available to Cambridge postdocs through the OPdA and p2i network.

Staff Counselling Service Wellbeing Group for Postdocs - starts 12 October

Sep 24, 2018

The Staff Counselling Service would like to offer you an opportunity to join their Wellbeing Group for Postdocs.

View all news