Waseda University has launched a Mentoring Program for Female
Researchers as a way to support female who are already pursuing a research track as well as female graduate students who are aiming to become or considering becoming researchers. (The program was expanded to include all faculties in February 2018.)
The program allows participants to hear directly from senior researchers about their experiences. It is our hope that learning how senior researchers resolved various issues in their lives will give you some hints as to how to overcome your own struggles—including finding balance between academic/research work and your personal life or questions about how to shape your future career.
What you share with your mentors will almost always remain confidential, and there will very likely be questions that you feel free to ask because your mentor comes from a different research discipline. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to discuss and ask things that may be difficult to bring up with those in your immediate circle.
About the Mentoring Program
Senior researchers (mentors) at Waseda have a wealth of knowledge and work experience that they can use to support junior researchers just starting out their research careers (mentees). This program provides mentoring opportunities where the two can come together to discuss and resolve career issues, struggles in research settings, and other problems.
(1) To enable women researchers at the start of their research career to talk with senior female researchers about the issues female researchers face so that the former can develop problem-solving strategies and skills based on the experiences and insights of the latter.
(2) To enable female researchers, who are faced with issues that may prevent the continuation of their research, to talk with male researchers in leadership positions and hear about their leadership
experiences (particularly their experience regarding women researchers). The women researchers will be able to glean information of possible approaches and solutions through applying the male researchers’ experiences to their own situations.
(1) Researchers in the early stages of their career (Assistant Professors, Assistant Professors (without tenure), Junior Researchers, Research Associates)
(2) Current Doctoral Program enrollees and those currently enrolled in a Master’s Program who wish to go on to a Doctoral Program.
How to Apply
Eligible mentees should understand the key content and details of the system before applying. Please review the following information about what the mentoring system is like, how mentoring is performed and what the application procedure is like for this mentoring system.