Mentoring Programme

Providing guidance and career development support to ESPR young investigators

The European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) has launched the third round of its Young Investigator Mentoring Programme (YIMP). Tailored towards early-career investigators conducting child health research, the YIMP provides the opportunity to receive career development support from renowned international experts in the field of Paediatrics and work together on a research project over the course of two years. We would like to encourage both mentors and mentees to apply.

  • Objectives of the YIMP
    • to establish a network for mentoring and collaboration in Paediatric research.
    • to facilitate direct face-to-face interaction of mentors and mentees at the ESPR congresses.
    • to provide young investigators conducting child health research with the opportunity to receive structured, external guidance from leading experts.
  • Way of working & benefits
    • the mentor and the mentee will attend contact sessions every 4-6 weeks.
    • the mentor will provide the mentee with regular feedback for evaluation.
    • at the end of the two-year cycle, the mentor and the mentee will publish a joint project in Pediatric Research.
    • the mentor and the mentee will receive an allowance for reimbursement of up to EUR 1,000 each for registration and travel to an upcoming ESPR conference, e.g. jENS 2021 or EAPS 2022.
    • the pairing may receive additional funding to support the research project (e.g. for face-to-face meetings, hardware or the mutual publication) after request to the ESPR office.
  • Eligibility requirements
    • the applicant is an active ESPR member.
    • the applicant conducts child or adolescent health research.
    • the applicant is: a) an academic, young researcher, pre-faculty appointment, PhD or equivalent started; or b) in the first three years of a faculty-appointment (assistant professor or equivalent).
    • the applicant intends to pursue an academic career in Paediatrics, mainly focused on investigator-initiated research.
    • the applicant will ideally attend the next Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS 2021) in Athens or the European Academy of Paediatric Societies Congress (EAPS 2022) in Barcelona.
  • Application deadline

    The ESPR currently does not accept applications for the mentoring programme. New opportunities to join the YIMP will become available in early 2022.

Are you interested to participate as a mentee? Then we would like to encourage you to apply by submitting:

  • a one-page letter of motivation.
  • a one-page curriculum vitae including:
    - personal details;
    - location of training in Paediatrics and dates;
    - years of clinical experience;
    - involvement in clinical/research projects;
    - list of publications.
  • a Letter of Support (LoS) from the Division Head or Department Chair explaining what the applicant lacks in his/her environment and how the external mentoring provided by this programme would be beneficial.
  • the filled-in mentees' application form (download here).

Are you interested to participate as a mentor? Then we would like to encourage you to apply by submitting:

  • a curriculum vitae including:
    - personal details;
    - location of training in Paediatrics and dates;
    - years of clinical experience;
    - involvement in clinical/research projects;
    - list of publications.
  • the filled-in mentors' application form (download here).

Applications have been closed. New opportunities to join the YIMP will become available in early 2022.

  • Meet the ESPR Mentoring Committee
     

    Heike Rabe, MD, PhD
    Brighton & Sussex
    Medical School
    United Kingdom

    Ebru Ergenekon, MD, PhD
    Gazi University 
    Turkey

    Gabriela Zaharie, MD, PhD
    Iuliu Haţieganu Univ. of
    Medicine & Pharmacy
    Romania

    Sven Wellmann, MD, MBA
    Children's Hospital Regensburg
    Germany

     

  • Resources for ESPR Mentors and Mentees

    ...are available in the Members' Room on the ESPR website. Please contact 'office@espr.eu' should you not have your login credentials.

  • Requirements for acknowledging the ESPR in society-supported publications

    Research or review papers: For regular research or review papers resulting at least in part from ESPR research support, either through a society funding scheme (e.g. the Young Investigator Start-Up Grants, Nursing Grants, Post-Doc Research Grants, the Mentoring Programme) or through dedicated ESPR support (e.g. the ESPR section activities), please state in the section 'Funding' or 'Acknowledgements' according to the journal's requirements the following:

    • This work was supported by a research grant from the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) provided to [full name or initials of the recipient(s) or the name of the ESPR section]. The funder had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, preparation of the manuscript or decision to publish.


    ESPR guidelines or opinion papers:
    For guidelines or opinion papers reflecting the view of the society or one or more ESPR sections, the European Board of Neonatology (EBN) or other, ESPR-integrated initiatives such as Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE), please proceed as follows:

    • Give in the title of the manuscript, whenever the character count allows, the full name and abbreviation of the society: European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR).
    • State in the section 'Funding' or 'Acknowledgements' according to the journal´s requirements the following: This work was supported by a research grant from the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) provided to [full name or initials of the recipient(s) or the name of the ESPR section or project]. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, preparation of the manuscript, or decision to publish.

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