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November 01, 2012

Benefits of Mentoring on PhD Funding Applications – by Ceren

PG Hub and the Graduate School are planning to run Peer-to-Peer Funding Mentorship Scheme as a pilot project targeted at specific departments. It is designed to support Master’s students in selected departments through the PhD funding application process for 2013-2014 academic year.

Successful applicants to the scheme will be matched with a Master's student looking for PhD funding As mentors, you will support your mentees via one-to-one and group sessions within their departments.

PhD mentors will help you on funding sources, brainstorming, planning, literature reviews, proposal writing and redrafting.

This mentor-mentee relationship will guide you to:

  • make more informed decisions in your applications

  • understand how to compose funding applications

  • engage with the wider postgraduate community

  • improve your prospects of success

You are eligible to apply to join the Peer-to-Peer Funding Mentorship Scheme if you belong to any of the following departments:

  • English

  • History

  • Economics

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Complexity Science


Mentoring is a relationship. At the same time, it is a journey that mentors and mentees embark on together. Throughout this journey, two or more individuals help each other arrive at a destination called professional excellence. Naturally, the journey can be challenging, with occasional muddy trails and blind spots but with many more panoramic lookouts and high points.Good mentoring is simply " the best way to get there ".

Mentoring enables graduate students to:

  • acquire a body of knowledge and skills

  • develop techniques for networking and collaborating

  • gain perspective on how their discipline operates academically and socially

  • acquire a sense of scholarly citizenship by grasping their role in a larger educational enterprise

  • deal more confidently with challenging intellectual work


If you are interested in being PhD mentor and want to find out more about the scheme, please e-mail:

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