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“Mentoring is an interpersonal activity to support and encourage people to manage their own learning, in order that they maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” (Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring)

The mentoring programme at UHasselt is aimed at supporting postdoctoral researchers in their further career development. It is a one-on-one interaction between an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee.

Since academic year 2019-2020, there are two possible tracks in the mentoring programme:

  • academic mentoring: mentoring towards an academic career, by a UHasselt professor (from a different faculty),
  • civic mentoring: mentoring towards successfully entering the external labour market, by someone from a non-academic organization (small/large company, government, hospital, social sector, ...).

The mentor-mentee relationship is a non-hierarchical, supportive relationship, based on mutual trust and respect. Mentor and mentee are meeting each other on a regular basis and exchange experiences. Importantly, the trajectory is mentee-driven: the main topics of discussion are determined by the mentee and the mentee is encouraged to think carefully about their personal ambitions and professional goals (development approach). The information shared is kept strictly confidential.

The duration of the mentoring trajectory is typically one year.

Who can apply?

  • In order to be eligible, you need to be appointed as a postdoc at UHasselt for at least 50%, for at least one more year (i.e., at least until the end of 2020).
  • You need to be available on December 13, 2019 (for the academic trajectory) or on December 18, 2019 (for the civic trajectory), 13:00-17:30, for an introductory workshop. Participation in this workshop is obligatory.

How to apply?

  • Send a motivation statement, explaining your reasons for wanting a mentor, to doctoralschools@uhasselt.be. Indicate the track you would like to participate in (academic/civic). Please also include your faculty and the year in which you obtained your PhD.
  • Application deadline: November 11, 2019.

Selection procedure?

  • There are 10 places available in each track.
  • Selection of mentees and matching of mentees and mentors is done by a steering committee.
  • A first selection will be done based on the written motivation. If needed, there will be selection interviews on November 19, 2019 (between 15:30 and 17:30). Please mark this date in your calendar already.
  • You will be notified of the decision of the steering committee by November 25, 2019, the latest.


  • Application deadline: November 11, 2019
  • Selection interviews (if needed): November 19, 2019
  • Notification of decision: November 25, 2019
  • Workshop mentees: December 13, 2019 for academic trajectory / December 18, 2019 for civic trajectory
  • Proposal mentor: early February 2020
  • Information session mentors: February 2020
  • First meeting / start trajectory: March 2020
  • Networking opportunity with other mentees and mentors: September 17, 2020
  • Evaluation: February 2021