Information for mentees

CheMento - Information for mentees

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With a degree in chemistry or a doctorate, there are a number of interesting areas of activity (see also the publications of the career service ).

Questions often arise as to the direction in which one can/should orient oneself. Anyone who would like to benefit from individual guidance and support in career planning at an early stage has found the right instrument in CheMento.

Optimizing application documents, simulating job interviews and using personal relationships to get the mentee a job - a mentor can do all of these things if it arises and if it suits them. However, mentees should not expect this to be an automatic part of the mentoring, because this is not the original purpose of the cooperation.

Added value for mentees


  • Individual advice from an experienced chemist (mentor)
  • Orientation aid at the end of your studies, during your doctorate and when starting your career
  • Practical preparation for the demands of working life
  • Further development of own competencies and soft skills
  • Mediation of professional contacts in science and business

Please note the following: A mentor is not a career coach intended to get his or her mentee a job. Rather, he or she should provide support in choosing the right career path, should give suggestions and food for thought.

In an interview with the former mentee Etilia Dolja, you can read how CheMento supports her and what added value she has gained from it. here

Who can participate?

Students, doctoral candidates or postdocs from all areas of chemistry can apply as mentees.

Before you apply, please note the following:

1. Cooperation with your mentor takes time. Applicants should therefore be prepared to schedule regular meetings with their mentor, even during the sometimes hectic phases of their doctorate. Even a longer stay abroad during the mentoring year that is already fixed is not suitable for a successful cooperation with your mentor. In this case, we ask that you refrain from applying.

2. The GDCh cannot cover travel expenses to meetings with the mentor or to the events of the supporting program.

3. We ask doctoral candidates in the final phase of their doctorate to check whether the goals and wishes for the mentoring year and the associated time expenditure can be reconciled with the completion of the doctoral thesis. The cooperation should be able to last the entire year, apart from occasionally quieter phases.

The mentoring cooperation

The individual needs of the mentees determine the topics of the cooperation. On this basis, the tandems conclude an agreement at the beginning of the cooperation that defines the content and goals of the joint mentoring year. The form and regularity of the respective meetings in addition to the supporting program are discussed and recorded at the beginning.

At the end of the cooperation, the tandems hold a final meeting; Mentees also create a short report on their mentoring year.

Register as a mentee

In order to be able to match tandems as precisely as possible, we need to know your personal situation and what you expect from a mentor. In the application form, tell us why you would like to join CheMento and what support you hope to receive from CheMento and a mentor.

The application phase for the 6th CheMento round (starting in 2024) has ended. The next application phase is expected to start in autumn 2025.

There is no legal right to participate in the mentoring program.

Next CheMento round

Next round: 2024
Application phase: already ended


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