In long-established/mature research universities, research careers typically start with PhD training followed by a period of post-doctoral research in which the individual builds and develops expertise under the guidance of a senior academic. They develop skills to become independent researchers, to build their own groups and lead new projects. This is a well-established process. In some universities, this is sometimes difficult because there is often limited capacity at senior levels. Therefore, external mentoring provides an alternative mechanism – one which develops capacity from external resource– and has the added value of developing collaborative opportunities.
The MyMentor project has been prepared for Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MoE), following a series of communications with key staff. It will be delivered collaboratively by three international universities, all of which have branch campuses in Malaysia. The three institutions are all global top 100 universities, according to the QS World University Rankings 2013 (Nottingham: 75; Southampton: 86; Monash: 69). Nottingham and Southampton are both members of the UK’s Russell Group and Monash is a member of Australia’s Group of Eight.
The proposed mentoring program would pair a mentor/mentee for a period of 24 months. The mentor would come from either Nottingham, Southampton or Monash (and perhaps more than one of these, if the research activity warranted this) and the mentee would come from one of Malaysia’s public universities.
The post-doctoral mentee would be expected to bring their own research ideas (which may have lain dormant for a while) and develop those ideas with the help and assistance of the mentor. Any papers that arise from this collaboration would be jointly authored and we would expect only high quality outlets to be targeted (i.e. ISI papers, especially for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
This program, which will run for six years, aims to mentor 230 post-doctoral staff and produce more than 350 high quality journal papers.
More details about this program can be found in the Capability Statements document (see below) and, if you wish to apply, an application for is also available below.