Attracting and retaining outstanding female researchers is an important part of the Leibniz Association’s strategy for safeguarding academic excellence over the long term. The Leibniz Mentoring is a crucial strategic component when it comes to fostering academic talent and to accompany young scholars as their careers progress.
  1. 10 years of Leibniz Mentoring

    Leibniz Mentoring is celebrating its tenth birthday! To mark the occasion, we had a party and we are taking a look back at ten years full of experiences, successes and enriching encounters.

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The comprehensive and varied Leibniz Mentoring Programme supports highly qualified female post-doctorate researchers on their path to obtaining a professorship or some other leading position. It supports the participants in managing their careers in a goal-driven way, in expanding their subject-specific networks and in taking on managerial tasks with confidence.

In addition to the structured and supervised mentoring partnership, Leibniz Mentoring offers a series of competence seminars as well as professional assistance during the process which guarantees the transfer of acquired knowledge and skills into the daily routine. The Leibniz Association also organises seminars that are targeted at the mentors exclusively and offer them the opportunity to expand their own leadership qualifications.

The call for applications for the 2025/2026 round is scheduled to be published at the end of November 2024.


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»I encountered the Mentoring Programme at the ideal moment of my career. As a fresh post-doctoral researcher, I was taking over more and more (leading) tasks at the time. The workshops, the exchange with other mentees and the tandem with my mentor helped and motivated me to face these new challenges.« Dr. Dörte Heger, RWI - Leibniz-Institute for Economic Research (Mentee)
»I find it especially rewarding to support young people in a particularly formative phase – a phase in which, for the first time, many of them say, ‘Now the responsibility is all mine. I’m going to look for a research topic and find my own way.’ It’s a fantastic job!« Prof. Dr. Bettina Hannover, Freie Universität Berlin (Mentor)
»I really appreciate the programme’s Alumnae Network because it offers the opportunity to continue working on a range of issues together, e.g. women in science.« Dr.-Ing. habil. Regine Ortlepp, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (Mentee)
»Doing the mentoring alongside your everyday work takes some effort but that’s exactly why it’s good. For instance, when else do you get the chance to take a step back for two entire days and visualise your network? Or to concentrate on your own leadership skills? The mentoring came at just the right time to help me structure my route to a professorship and approach it more strategically.« Dr. Nele Kampa, Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Kiel (Mentee)
»If I want a society in which women and men are equal, then I need to support others on their way to a self-designed, self-assured life. I hope I have been able to make at least a small contribution towards more women moving into positions of responsibility. There are some really outstanding women, especially in the sciences. But many women’s life circumstances differ from men’s.« PD Dr. Elke Holst, Assistant Professor, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), (Mentor)
»In the mentoring programme you can get advice and tips on how to deal with the pressures of work, how to plan your next career step and how to keep your sights on all the important things and not get side-tracked.« Prof. Angelika Brückner, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock (Mentor)