Mentoring allows senior professionals to share their experience, knowledge, and networks with their AWARD Fellows. AWARD Mentors also advance their own careers as they network with other fellows and mentors.
Mentors benefit from AWARD through:
expanded network of colleagues in African (ARD)
exposure to new ideas and methods from fellows
skills development via participation in AWARD training courses
deepened understanding of gender issues in ARD
opportunity to develop and practice a more personal leadership style
enhanced skills in mentoring, listening, and role modeling
additional recognition and respect by colleagues and those in leadership
personal satisfaction of contributing to the development of Africa's ARD talent pool
A senior scientist conducting research related to or complementary to AWARD Fellow's research or.
A senior professional with the ability to guide the AWARD Fellow's career growth.
Commitment and willingness to mentor an AWARD Fellow.
- One must be willing to make time for the fellow
- Attend a five-day Mentoring Orientation Workshop with the fellow
Available at least one hour per month for 12 months for mentoring sessions
A fellow's workplace supervisor is not eligible to be a mentor.
For more information, please contact:Everylne Otunga, Fellowships Officer.
The role of a mentor is multi-faceted, and may change or evolve according to the needs of the fellows. AWARD continuously receives feedback from current and past fellows. They describe the attributes of a good mentor as follows:
Concerned with the fellow's career aspirations and needs (growth in leadership skills, knowledge, self-confidence, independence, and autonomy).
Assertive and well organized
An achiever, trustworthy listener, and goal setter
Reliable, inspirational, empathetic, introspective, and receptive
Open and honest
Professional and approachable