The FSA Mentoring Scheme aims to foster a strong feminist community that encourages supportive and collegial relationships between members of the Association. The scheme is for FSA members who have passed their PhDs and are early- or mid-career scholars.

Mentees will be paired with a more experienced mentor who is able to pass on advice or share experiences. With academic work becoming ever more precarious and competitive, the aim of the mentoring scheme is to counter this environment with a collective feminist politics and provide a support system for feminist colleagues. Having received supervisory support during their PhD work, some researchers find guidance at this point of the academic career trajectory to be lacking. In particular, the FSA aims to support those without institutional provisions or other sources of mentorship.

Mentees will be introduced to their mentor by email, and we envisage that this will be an informal relationship to provide good counsel. It is a one-to-one relationship, within a confidential and supportive environment, and based on mutual trust. The mentoring relationship will last for 12 months over the course of one academic year (October-September). We suggest that once mentors and mentees are matched by the FSA that they mutually agree the expectations for the coming year. Matters for discussion may include job applications, publications and research, career anxieties, academic politics, feminist mobilising in academia, teaching tips, and so on. The amount of contact between the mentor and mentee is flexible, although we would suggest a minimum of 4 meetings (in person, by email, Skype or telephone) during the 12-month period. Mentors and mentees may wish to stay in touch after the mentoring period has ended, but this is not a formal agreement.

Apply to the mentoring scheme

To apply to the mentoring scheme, please follow ‘How to apply’ and send us your CV and statements. The 2019/2020 round is currently closed, check back for updates in the coming months.