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Career development and mentoring programme

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers career support for junior researchers and teaching staff, by offering a professional and personal development programme, as well as the opportunity to take part in a mentoring programme.

The aim is to support participants in their personal and professional development, so as to contribute to their career and development as independent researchers at Lund University. Dialogue and shared reflection of experiences and challenges are key elements.

Who can apply?

The programmes are intended for researchers and teaching staff at the start of their academic careers. You are employed as an associate senior lecturer, postdoc, researcher or senior lecturer. Above all, you are pondering your various roles within academia, as well as your activities in relation to the department, faculty, Lund University and higher education in general. You are curious to learn more about yourself and others working at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Lund University. You are also motivated to share your experiences.

Mentoring programme

As part of your personal and professional development, we offer the opportunity to take part in a mentoring programme. The mentoring programme is planned on the basis of the mentee’s individual needs.

A mentor is usually a somewhat more experienced and senior colleague from an environment outside the mentee’s own circle, who can listen, provide support and share his or her own experiences in the context of personal meetings. Through conversations, a mentor can for example help you gain new perspectives on your experiences and thoughts, explain how things are connected, but also offer guidance and good advice.

The mentoring programme begins with a collective meeting for all participants and then runs for a year.

Professional and personal development programme for junior researchers and teaching staff

The programme is not offered at the moment.

The programme allowis participants to listen to and converse with researchers, teaching staff, managers and invited guests. The participants are to gain tools that are relevant for their various academic roles as well as knowledge about the university context within which they operate.

The following themes will be addressed throughout the course of the programme:

  • Being employed at Lund University and the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Research funding – applying for funding and being assessed
  • Teaching experience and qualification
  • Academic leadership, collegiality, academic culture
  • Internationalisation and mobility
  • External engagement, communication and research presentation

The programme will be adapted to participants’ needs and offered either in English or in Swedish.

Within the framework of the programme, the opportunity for personal support is offered through participation in a mentoring programme which will run parallel to the programme.


Helena Sandberg
Programme director
+46 46 222 03 29
helena [dot] sandberg [at] kom [dot] lu [dot] se