Mentor programme for postdocs

Registration open - please see below 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The mentor programme offers one-to-one feedback with experienced colleagues in the period 2023 - 2025. The aim is to support young researchers´ competency and career development and inspire them to a research career at UCHP, hospitals or in the industry. There are 40 mentor-mentee couples in each round.

Structure and c​ontent of the programme

Mentorship pairs are put together by consultant Lisa Ott based on individual mentee needs and mentor experience and knowledge.

It is important to ensure a certain organisational distance between the mentee and mentor, and that they are not well acquainted before the mentorship is established. 

It is a requirement that mentees participate in a half-day course on the mentor-mentee roles (week 10 and 11). The course is conducted by consultant Lisa Ott who has extensive experience with mentoring in general and for UCPH. New mentors can sign up for a half-day course or have an individual meeting with Lisa Ott (week 11).   

The coming round of the mentor programme runs from 2 May 2024 to the end of March 2025. During this period, it is recommended that the mentor and mentee have six to ten meetings.

2 May 2024 from 16:00-18:00 there will be a joint kick-off workshop and in November 2023 a second joint workshop will be held after the mid-term evaluation to provide new insights and inspire the participants to structure and make the most of the remaining part of the programme.



Participation requires employment as a postdoc at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
Associate professors and professors at SUND, as well as representatives from hospitals and industry, are invited to participate as mentors.
It is a requirement that mentors who are not employed as associate professors or professors have five years of work experience after obtaining the PhD degree.
Please note that we cannot guarantee that there are mentors to all who register as the programme requires a good match.  

What´s in it for you?

Quote from experienced mentor Professor Nicole Schmitt, Department of Biomedical Sciences:“You may ask yourself how you should find time in your busy schedule for being a mentor? A very relevant question - what's in it for me? Actually a lot. I am a regular mentor in the UCPH programme for assistant professors. Seeing the workplace through the eyes of the mentees made me reflect on my own leadership approaches and gave me other perspectives on UCPH as an organization. Realizing that my questions helped the mentees to develop was very rewarding, both as a professional and as a person. We attend many meetings - these ones really have an impact."​

Sign-up here no later than 6 March 2024

Link to Lisa Ott´s website: Mentor program for postdocs – Lisa Ott

Selection criteria – for mentees

In case there are too many applicants we need to select only 40 mentees out of the total number of applicants by using the selection criteria below.

Selection criteria in order of priority:

1) Those who are not employed at SUND as Postdocs (These applicants will be rejected)

2) Those who are only employed at SUND for such a short time that it does not make sense. Requirements for a minimum of four months ' employment from the 1st of May. (This means that the date for the end of employment at SUND in June, July and August is not ok and that these applicants will be rejected).

3) Those who have participated in the programme before (will be put at the bottom of the waiting list)

4) Those who would be able to apply again to participate in the next round (will be put on the waiting list) 

Criteria for the allocation of seats from the waiting list
1) Those who would be able to apply to participate in the next round
2) Those who have participated before



Find your own mentor

You can also try to find your own mentor and arrange a series of meetings outside the established programs. You can find inspiration in the box to the right for your mentor relation.​​