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Biomedical Campus PhD Mentoring Scheme

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


OPdA Mentoring Scheme for Postdocs

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


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

It focuses on Developmental Mentoring, where two people at different points of their careers 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 different research area
  • Mentors and mentees meet 4-6 times over a one-year period
  • The meetings and their contents are driven by the mentee
  • All meetings are confidential

Time commitment:

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


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

For more information please email

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