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Mentoring Programme for Early Stage Researchers

In line with our mission, the ABIS Mentoring Programme aims to strengthen the learning and development for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and creating supportive connections that are necessary in order to contribute to address today's environmental and social challenges.

Many ESRs today seek to find their ways developing their careers while also contributing to make a positive impact. At ABIS, we have hosted many young and talented researchers at events and conferences, and having been involved in many MSCA International Training Networks, we perceive how in need ESRs are of both personal and professional support to flourish in their careers and take part in the sustainability transformation. 

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 about it, read below or download our brochure HERE

Pilot Programme Results


The ESRs will receive a total of 6-8 hours of 1:1 mentoring sessions over 9 months either face to face or online, with one of our highly experienced mentors, plus workshops and support from the ABIS team. The programme has proved to be of great help to ESRs who could use more support than what is provided at their universities and provides a very 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 PhD students enrolled in a business school
  • 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
  • want a different perspective on how to tackle work-related issues
  • want to develop their network and confidence
  • are ready to step up their personal and professional growth

…then this programme is right for you! If you are interested, please contact and fill in THIS FORM by September 15, 2022.

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


We invited 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, including 6-8 hours of 1:1 mentoring sessions and participation to the kick-off and final meetings over 9 months. What mentors receive from the relationship is invaluable - from access fresh and new ideas that are stimulating to the energy and joy of connecting with young researcher 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 base under the roof of ABIS

...please send your CV to and fill in THIS FORM by September 15, 2022.

Programme agenda and deadlines

Call for mentors

until September 15, 2022
Call for mentees until September 15, 2022
Match-making events October 6 & 13, 2022
Kick-off meeting October 20, 2022
Mentoring sessions October 2022 - June 2023
Workshops December 2022 - May 2023
Celebration event June 2022 (TBD)



If you have any questions, feel free to download our brochure and check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us at

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