The KAUST Mentoring Program for Postdocs aims to enhance the postdoctoral experience and compliment the mentorship provided by their supervisors (principal investigator), by offering postdocs the opportunity to interact with faculty or other professionals who can further support and guide them in aspects of their career and personal development.

The program aims to:

  • Support professional development
  • Assist in future career planning
  • Provide guidance with job searching and applications, developing personal skills, work – life balance and networking

The process is driven by the Mentee. The Mentor will help the Mentee navigate a pathway to achieving their goals, drawing on their knowledge and experience. As well as being personally rewarding, the Mentor can co-benefit by learning things about themselves, their management styles as well as new methodologies, technologies, innovations, and other research areas. 

Over the course of the 6-month program, mentee – mentor pairs are encouraged to meet regularly (at least once a month) to work towards goals they set at the beginning of the program and keep in contact routinely via email. Meetings may be semi-formal with pre-set agendas that the mentee will share with the mentor in advance. Meetings can be in person or online because of Covid concerns but also acknowledging people’s travel schedules.  

Upcoming Mentoring Program: April 2022 to September 2022

Deadline for applications: 06 March 2022

Both mentors and mentees need to complete an online application form.

Before completing the application form and to be eligible, mentees are required to complete the Individual Development Plan (IDP) found at:

The Office of Postdoctoral and Research Affairs (OPRA) will perform all the administrative work and based on the results of the applications will match mentees and mentors. Even though the mentor-mentee partnership is expected to last 6 months under this program, it can potentially be the basis for a longer professional relationship.

*Applying does not guarantee that one will become a mentor/mentee. Placement is reliant on participation.

Challenging times call for strong mentorship. 

The global higher education ecosystem is facing major disruption, which impacts the career paths of PhD scientists. Those who want to continue an academic career track especially need to be more competitive than ever. Growing numbers of PhD graduates are pursuing careers outside of academia. Regardless of their path, the next generation of PhD-trained scientist will benefit from a strong network of supportive colleagues and mentors. 

KAUST cultivates a supportive intellectual community. KAUST faculty provide outstanding mentorship to their students, and many faculty put forth extra effort to mentor students who may not work directly together with them. 

The KAUST Mentoring Program for Postdocs continues in that spirit, providing support and guidance for postdoctoral fellows, helping them with professional and personal development and navigate the uncertain terrain of contemporary careers.