One-to-one mentoring support for IPVS early career and student members
We are pleased to share that, following the success of two editions of the IPVS Mentorship Program, we have now opened the Call for applications for its 3rd edition.
The purpose of the IPVS mentorship program is to support the new generation of PV investigators. It offers one-to-one mentoring support to early career IPVS members to foster advancement and proficiency in papillomavirus research. The program may include career development/advice, skills building, and other aspects identified by the mentor and the mentee rather than focus on clinical training expertise. It intends to create valuable connections that enhance knowledge sharing, professional development, and contribute to the society’s mission towards the elimination of PV-related diseases.
This year the process is staged, starting with a call for mentors to apply first. If you would like to apply to be a mentor you can do this by filling the application form through the button below.
We are looking at building a bank of mentors with different backgrounds and expertise to support a diverse group of early career and student members. If you feel someone from your network may be interested in this opportunity, share the Program with them, too.
Early career and students, if you are looking for guidance on your career development or are hoping to build specific skills, become an IPVS member today Applications for mentees to join the mentorship program will be open in March 2024.
The program will run for a period of 12 months, renewable once following mutual agreement from both parties. A mentorship can be ended at any time by either party.
It is our goal to match an IPVS mentor with a mentee based on fit and alignment of research interests and career goals. For this, we ask interested mentors to please complete, by March 1st, the online application form (button above). In March the applications for mentees will open followed by the matching process. The matchmaking will be based on the career stage, professional expertise, and the respective expectations of the mentor and the mentee.
WHAT IS EXPECTED?
- The mentor and mentee must maintain their IPVS membership status for the duration of the program.
- Mentors will need to be available for online meetings with their mentee (a suggested minimum of 4 meetings per year)
A mentee is an early career researcher, a student or a professional in training who is looking at getting guidance in their career development, in skills building or other aspects identified as beneficial for the mentee’s career.
A mentor is a professional who is keen to contribute to the development of of a new or less experienced person’s professional success and has 10 or more years of experience in the field (research, clinical, public health, leadership, etc).
“We have been meeting monthly with my mentor since the first contact which happened in the first month. I have gained insights and have developed great ideas about life as a clinician researcher / clinical educator in low resource setting. Together with my mentor we have been able to mobilize a group of multidisciplinary researchers in areas relevant to Papillomaviruses and have registered the PAPILLOMAVIRUS SOCIETY GOMBE IN NIGERIA. We have initiated discussions on future collaborations with all relevant bodies and are following up. This relationship holds a lot of promises.”
“The mentorship programme has been fruitful and we have made a lot of progress. Right from our first meeting of getting to know each other, we set a goal to develop a project proposal on ‘Genital microbiome, HPV and STIs among sexually abused girls and women in Jos, North-Central Nigeria’. It turned out to be a great proposal that we have submitted for a funding application. The proposal development process was enriching and I have learnt the key principles of proposal design and funding application. We are hoping that our application will be selected for funding. Thank you IPVS for this wonderful opportunity.”
“My mentor enlightened and guided me a lot when I shared the ideas I had for my thesis project, so that I better understood how to make the thesis original and relevant, by suggesting that I should redefine and reformulate my ideas. He encouraged me to take more time to read articles and spontaneously shared some articles for guidance.”