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The Doctoral Student Mentorship Programme

What is the mentorship program?

It is an opportunity for doctoral students to recieve guidence from a more experienced scholar through an ongoing process of dialogue, learning, advice and skills development.

Why should one apply?

The intention with the mentorship program is to match people for mutual benefit which go beyond one-way advice. We consider mentoring as a (confidential) partnership based on dialogue, mutual trust and joint learning. Yet, it is mentee-driven in the sense that it centers on the issues and needs facing the mentee.

Mentoring should be distinguished from other forms of collegiality and forms of dialogue and advice, such as supervision or the collegial discussions between senior and junior colleagues within specific research environments. Mentoring is also thought of as a deeper relationship than to only provide ad hoc help or the usual feedback at research seminars, workshops and conferences.

Who can apply?

The mentorship programme is open to doctoral students doing research on the topic covered by the Development Research School. In case of many applicants, doctoral students from the four consortium universities will be given preference: the universities of Lund, Uppsala and Gothenburg andtheInstitute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER, University of Ghana).

How do we do the matching? 

The intention is to match mentees with mentors from other disciplines and different universities (unless there is a specific need for doing otherwise). Mentors will predominantly be selected from the four consortium departments or from the Advisory Board of the Development Research School.

Specific Objectives

Mentoring may have different objectives, such as:

  • The mentor may use personal contacts to introduce the mentee to relevant researchers and research networks and help the mentee get involved in the academic community.
  • The mentor may give feedback on the mentee’s publication strategy.
  • The mentor may give advice on the mentee’s research applications.
  • The mentor may give advice on the mentee’s overall career planning.


The application is now open and should consist of:

  1. A motivation letter (max 500 words).
  2. A brief statement with information about the doctoral programme you are enrolled in (department, starting date and anticipated graduation date), and information about past and planned field work if appropriate (max 300 words). 
  3. Abstract of PhD thesis, outlining purpose and questions, theory, methods, research design and expected results (max 300 words). 
  4. CV  

Please submit as one single pdf file. We accept applications on an ongoing basis.

Send your application to: Kristina [dot] Jonsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se