MeTra Mentoring Program

Why mentoring in science? What is it good for?

Despite excellent qualifications and high motivation, women continue to be underrepresented among professors as well as in other leadership positions in science and research. There are many different reasons for this: The structural barriers making a career in science difficult for women have not yet been removed. Women have fewer role models of the same gender and are less likely to be part of supportive networks.

For this and other reasons, most institutions of higher educations have established mentoring programs to recruit more women scientists and increase their share in leadership positions and professorship. Mentoring can help to create (more) gender-equal structures and to render existing hierarchies and relations of dependency more transparent or overcome them altogether. It is intended to support women planning a career in science in applying their skills more systematically and to make better use of their career opportunities.

How does mentoring in science work?

Most mentoring programs in science work with one-to-one mentoring. This principle is based on the formation of individual counseling and discussion tandems between an experienced researcher (mentor) and a woman early-career researcher (mentee). It involves the transfer of personal experiences from the mentor’s own career, but also recommendations, tips and contacts which can help the mentee in her further career development. The mentoring relationship is framed by a training program comprising multiple seminars or workshops tailored to fit the needs of the mentee’s career level. To encourage an exchange of views among the participants and the creation of a network, there are regular networking evenings.

Find out more below:

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How is the MeTra Program structured?

Information about the timeframe and contents of the program as well as the individual components: mentoring, training and networking (new offer: collegiate counseling)

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Who is the MeTra Program for?

The program addresses women early-career researchers at all career levels planning a career in science.

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What do I need to apply?

This website contains information about the terms and conditions, current deadlines and other important dates, as well as downloadable application forms and data protection statements.


Start of the MeTra Program


Groups per year

ca. 40

Mentees per year

Quality Assurance

The MeTra Program meets the quality standards of Forum Mentoring e.V., the federal association for mentoring in science. Its objective is the achievement of fair and equal opportunities in science and research. Forum Mentoring is represented by more than 100 programs at universities and research institutions across Germany. The network provides a platform for the transfer of knowledge, exchange of views and cooperation, all on the topic of mentoring in science. It serves to connect and support mentoring measures sensitive to issues of gender and diversity at all levels of professional training and qualification, with a special focus on women. The MeTra program leader is an active member of Forum mentoring.


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Leiterin des MeTra-Programms

Belderberg 6

53111 Bonn

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