From September 2020 the Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity has adjusted the Mentoring Program so that the first required face-to-face meeting, as well as subsequent meetings, can be conducted online via Zoom.
- Method: As a general rule, meetings will be conducted via Zoom.
However, correspondences may still be conducted by e-mail, telephone, and Skype when necessary. If you wish to meet in person rather than online, please inform us when you apply.
※As a general rule, post-application preliminary meetings with the Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity will be conducted via Zoom.
- Number and duration of meetings: Up to two meetings per month; approximately 30 minutes per meeting (this remains unchanged).
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 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
How to use
1. What is the mentoring system like?
The mentoring system revolves around a mentor talking with a mentee to provide advice to the mentee regarding educational and research activities, career paths, etc. Career path challenges and concerns are the responsibility of the mentee himself or herself to address; the role of the mentor is to offer support. It is important that the mentor and mentee build up a relationship of trust.
The way the mentoring program is set up sometimes makes it difficult to provide ongoing support for long periods of time or to find mentors that match mentee needs. Please review the informational packet (list of support organizations) provided during your initial session (preliminary consultation with the Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity). If you are unsure of which organization is right for you, please reach out directly and we will do our best to provide further explanation and guidance.
2. How is mentoring performed?
||Mentoring is done via face-to-face consultation.
However, e-mails, telephone conversations, Skype chats and other means of communication can be used as needed. *1
|| To be decided via discussion between the mentor and the mentee
||Three months per application *2
|Twice per month; approx. 30 min. per session
||To be decided between the mentor and the mentee.
Prior to commencing mentoring, please make sure to read
the Female ResearchersMentoring System Guidelines provided separately.
*1 (1) Regardless of any preference for mentoring via email or telephone, at least one mentoring session must be conducted face-to-face.
(2) Mentoring should be undertaken with the consent of both the mentor and the mentee.
(3) As a rule, email correspondence between mentors and mentees should be conducted using their university email accounts.
*2 Mentoring which extends beyond the designated period is permitted if the Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity confirms that this is the wish of both parties.
3. Application Process
Submit your application via the My Waseda Application Form
(2) Preliminary Interview
Three person interview involving the candidate and two members of the Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity
A request be sent to the mentor by the Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity; the contact details of the mentor be provided to the mentee.
The mentee contacts the mentor.
Feedback about the system be provided.
* If during the preliminary interview or mentoring process the aims or support sought by the mentee are deemed not to be in line with the system, the mentee may be directed to other consultation resources on or off campus.
How to apply
Fill in the required information into the application form and apply.
Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity