Mentoring Programme

Providing guidance and career development support to ESPR young investigators

The European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) has launched a 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.

  • 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 2019.
  • 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 2019) in Maastricht or, if not possible, a subsequent ESPR conference.

Are you interested? 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 (please download here).

Please note that the deadline for 2019 has passed. No further applications can be accepted at this stage.


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