Mentoring programme for women with leadership ambitions at PSI

The mentees of the second mentoring round (October 2019 - September 2020) are:

Questions that are addressed in the mentoring programme:

  • What does leadership (in general / at PSI) mean?
  • Is that something for me?
  • What steps can I take if I want to become a leader?
  • How can I expand my network?
  • What are the (unwritten) laws in the professional environment?


What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a concept in which an experienced person (mentor) passes on his or her specialist/social knowledge and/or experience to a less experienced person (mentee). The mentoring relationship is based on reciprocity. There is no competition with the regular support structures (e. g. doctorate). There should be no direct dependency between the mentee and the mentor (e.g. superior, PhD supervisor). 

The term "mentoring" has its origin in Greek mythology. Ulysses asked the scholar Mentor to take over the education of his son Telemachos during his absence. The person of the mentor thus became synonymous with a personality who takes on the task of advising and accompanying a younger and less experienced person. 

What is the Goal of Mentoring?

 The goal of mentoring is the planning of the mentee's career, e.g. through an insight into the career and work experience of the mentor. The aim is to promote the mentee's professional career in an enriching way.

Duration of the programme:

October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020

Documents to be submitted for your application:

The documents must be collected in one PDF document and submitted by e-mail to

Application deadline:

May 26, 2019

Assessment criteria

The assessment of the applications will be based on the quality and completeness of the application, the motivation of the applicant, and the predicted positive impact of the mentoring programme for the career development of the mentee.


If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Lerch-Pieper or Melina Spycher ( / 056 310 39 15 or 056 310 35 86).