Mentoring Programme for Early Stage Researchers

Mentoring Programme for Early Stage Researchers


The ABIS Mentoring Programme aims to strengthen the learning and development for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and to create supportive connections that are necessary in order to contribute to address today's environmental and social challenges.

Many ESRs today seek to find ways developing their careers while also contributing to make a positive impact. The programme aims to empower young academics active in the sustainability field, helping them reach their full potential in professional and personal development. 

The core of the programme, running from each year from October to June, is a set of 6-8 one-hour mentoring sessions to ESRs in sustainability, helping them progress in their careers and make an impact on society. The programme also includes regular workshops and online calls organized by ABIS.

To learn more, keep reading or download our brochure below

Pilot Programme Results




The mentoring programme is a good opportunity to advance your career, ABIS provides a well-organized program with excellent support. Highly recommended Macarena Beltran, Chile (mentee)

This program proved to be highly relevant and useful to me. The guidance of my mentor was critical to help me define a career pathway after the PhD. The relationship that I established with my mentor was excellent and I hope that it will continue in time as a valuable professional connection Josep Pinyol, Spain (mentee)



The ESRs receive 6-8 hours of 1:1 mentoring sessions over 9 months (face to face or online) with one of our highly experienced mentors, plus workshops and support from the ABIS team. The programme has greatly helped to ESRs who could use more support than what is provided at their universities and offers a safe space to share ideas, address challenges and test their wings free from fear and performance concerns.

If you are an Early Stage Researcher, or know of any, who:

  • is a PhD student in business and management studies
  • is at least in the second year of the PhD programme
  • is engaged in research focused on a sustainable development issue
  • is looking for guidance on how to advance their career in sustainability
  • wants a different perspective on tackling work-related issues
  • wants to develop their network and confidence
  • is ready to step up their personal and professional growth

…then this programme is right for you! If you want to take part in the 2023-2024 cohort, fill in the form by September 24, 2023.

In order to take part in the Mentoring Programme we ask mentees to contribute a fee of:
  • €500 - if your institution is an ABIS Member
  • €750 - if your institution is not an ABIS Member


Please note that due to the high number of expressions of interest received, we are no longer accepting submissions.

We invite highly experienced academics and business professionals to act like mentors to ESRs wanting to flourish in their careers and to shape a more sustainable future. The expected time investment is a total of 10-12 hours over 9 months, including 6-8 hours of 1:1 mentoring sessions and participation to the kick-off and final meetings. What mentors receive from the relationship is invaluable - from access to fresh, new, stimulating ideas to the energy and joy of connecting with young researchers that maybe one would never meet outside of the programme!

If you:

  • want to invest in the future of a sustainability researcher, helping him/her grow and develop in their career
  • want to grow as a leader alongside the mentee and gain a fresh perspective on your own career path and research
  • are willing to share your expertise, wisdom and perspective with a mentee who has less experience
  • are willing to engage on a voluntary basis under the roof of ABIS

...please send your CV to and fill in the form below by September 17, 2023.

Agenda and deadlines

Call for mentors Closed
Call for mentees Closed
Match-making events October 5 & 12, 2023
Kick-off meeting October 19, 2023
Mentoring sessions October 2023 - June 2024
Workshops December 2023 - May 2024
Celebration event June 20, 2024



If you have any questions, feel free to download our brochure below or contact us at

Mentoring Programme brochure