Mentoring program for female doctoral candidates and students at Faculty 15

"Should I do a doctorate after my Master's degree and pursue an academic career? And what happens after the dissertation?"

The Mentoring Program Ment15 offers Master's and doctoral students at the Faculty of Social Sciences the opportunity to find individual answers to these questions together with a mentor. The mentors are doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The program is explicitly and exclusively aimed at women*. There is still an imbalance in academic careers in terms of the proportion of doctorates and postdoctoral qualifications, as well as in the filling of positions in favor of male* academics. The "scissor shape" of gendered academic careers can also be found at our faculty - as the progress report on the faculty's equality plan (2017) (PDF, 509 KB) recently points out. Ment15 aims to provide a framework to specifically encourage women* to familiarize themselves with the possibilities of an academic career, make contacts and form networks.

The mentoring relationship is designed as a tandem: Mentees can discuss individual topics with their mentors in personal meetings and benefit from their wealth of experience. This can be about fundamental issues (academic career yes or no?), exploring career prospects or the compatibility of family and career.

In addition to this exchange in confidential one-to-one meetings, the mentees get to know each other at regular networking meetings in order to share their experiences before and during their doctorate and to support each other. The program runs for one year.

Ausschreibungsrunde 2023

Please send your written application in the form of the completed application form (PDF, 198 KB) by e-mail to by 01.06.2023.

The mentors available for the 2023 call for applications can be found on the list here: Link to the list of mentors 2023 (DOCX, 189 KB)

The first joint networking meeting with and for all mentees in the 2023 cycle will take place on Monday, July 7, 2023, probably at 4 p.m. in presence at the Institute of Sociology. At the networking meeting, we will get to know each other and would like to give the new mentees a few hints and tips on how to organize the mentoring relationship - applicants should therefore make a note of the date. You will receive further information about the meeting from us by e-mail in due course.

Your desired mentor is not on our list? Write to us and we will be happy to request the desired person for our program.

Involvement with Ment15

Ment15 is organized and supported on a voluntary basis by employees of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Marlene Müller-Brandeck (Institute of Sociology), Katharina Berger (Institute of Sociology), Victoria Ertelthalner (Institute of Communication and Media Research) and Moritz Weiß (Geschwister-Scholl Institute of Political Science) are currently part of the organizational team.

We are always happy to welcome more committed employees who would like to volunteer for Ment15! If you are interested, please send us an e-mail at any time.