Timing

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing starts a new men­tor­ing cycle each year in March. The pro­gram enrolls mentees in a process com­pris­ing four steps.

Step 1: Nom­i­na­tion and appli­ca­tion of stu­dents

May to Novem­ber

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing relies on its ded­i­cat­ed part­ners from all over the world to find and nom­i­nate the most promis­ing mentee can­di­dates. After part­ners have nom­i­nat­ed mentee can­di­dates, the can­di­dates will be invit­ed to direct­ly apply online to Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing.

Step 2: Mentee selec­tion

Decem­ber to Jan­u­ary

For each par­tic­i­pat­ing region or part­ner, final mentee par­tic­i­pants will be select­ed based on their appli­ca­tions and how well they ful­fill the required cri­te­ria. Our selec­tion pro­ce­dure con­sid­ers three main aspects for each stu­dent: a track record of out­stand­ing achieve­ments in a STEMM field, moti­va­tion and pas­sion to pur­sue tal­ent devel­op­ment in a spe­cif­ic area of STEMM, and ade­quate Eng­lish com­pe­ten­cy.

Step 3: Matching and preparation

Jan­u­ary to Feb­ru­ary

When apply­ing, both mentees and men­tors will be asked to list their pre­ferred STEMM field(s). This will serve as one of the key fac­tors for match­ing. Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is ded­i­cat­ed to match­ing each mentee with a men­tor who has rel­e­vant knowl­edge about one or more of their fields of inter­est and will be able to pro­vide the nec­es­sary sup­port in their devel­op­ment. After match­ing, Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing pre­pares both mentees and men­tors for their par­tic­i­pa­tion with spe­cial­ized brief­in­gs and train­ing units designed to ensure that Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is effi­cient and ben­e­fi­cial for mentees and men­tors alike.

Step 4: Mentoring

March

The men­tor­ing process is designed to encour­age a long-term rela­tion­ship between mentee and men­tor (ide­al­ly over sev­er­al years or more). Mentees are sup­port­ed by men­tors in their field(s) of inter­est. Mentees for­mu­late indi­vid­ual learn­ing path­ways, work on projects, receive expert guid­ance from their per­son­al men­tors, and net­work with addi­tion­al mentees and men­tors on the basis of mutu­al STEMM inter­ests. Mentees also ben­e­fit from the use of train­ing mate­ri­als that Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing offers. The train­ing units are designed to pro­vide direc­tion on more gen­er­al top­ics such as goal-set­ting, learn­ing path­ways, and cross-cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Train­ing units are also avail­able for men­tors.

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing reg­u­lar­ly mon­i­tors the activ­i­ty of mentee–mentor dyads and offers sup­port to address any chal­lenges that might ham­per fruit­ful coop­er­a­tion. Sup­port can include per­son­al con­sul­ta­tion or medi­a­tion between par­ties.

The learn­ing path­ways, their goals, and the achieve­ment of those goals are also reg­u­lar­ly assessed, with adap­ta­tions being imple­ment­ed as need­ed. Sim­i­lar­ly, the men­tor­ing process will be reg­u­lar­ly assessed and adapt­ed, if nec­es­sary (e.g., after a change of spe­cial­iza­tion by the mentee). Addi­tion­al­ly, feed­back from mentees and men­tors about their expe­ri­ences is used to con­tin­u­al­ly enhance the pro­gram.

Men­tors join Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing main­ly through our part­ners, but inter­est­ed STEMM experts are always wel­come to vol­un­teer on an indi­vid­ual basis. Those inter­est­ed in men­tor­ing should fill out and sub­mit our online Men­tor Vol­un­teer Form. Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing will then vet inter­est­ed indi­vid­u­als. Once the vet­ting process has been com­plet­ed, those inter­est­ed indi­vid­u­als will be accept­ed as men­tors and can be matched with mentees (sub­ject to avail­abil­i­ty).

Timeline for the first mentoring cycle

May–October 2020
October–November 2020
Decem­ber 2020–January 2021
January–February 2021
March 2021
Mentee nom­i­na­tions
Mentee appli­ca­tions
Mentee selec­tion
Match­ing and prepa­ra­tion
Com­mence­ment of men­tor­ing

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