Two-Mentor Scheme

Mentorship

The VIP2 Fellowship Program will further boost postdoctoral supervision and networking capacities by implementing a two-mentor scheme.

The primary mentor is the host group leader who provides the lab infrastructure and main advisory role in the project.

The secondary mentor can come from the VBC campus (the partner research institutes or biotech companies) or the external VBC network (alumni, collaborators, etc).  The secondary mentor provides advice on fellow’s research project as well as the career development from the perspective of a different field/expertise or even sector, thereby enriching the scientific potential of the project and the breadth of networking possibilities for the fellow.

The VIP2 fellows meet regularly and work closely with both mentors throughout their fellowship appointment. Specifically, each fellow will:

  • Develop an initial career development plan within the first three months together with the mentor(s)
  • Will have an annual mentoring meeting (and corresponding annual development plan) with both mentors to review the past year and to plan for the next, both in terms of research project as well as career development.