Womentoring is an interdisciplinary mentoring programme by and for female students at the University of Bern. It is aimed at all female students at the University of Bern in their Master's studies who are considering an academic career. Mentors can be female assistant professors, lecturers or doctoral students in the same or a related field of study.
The programme, which is specifically aimed at female students, was launched on the initiative of female students from Bern and Fribourg who were involved in the Commission for Equality (CodEg) of the VSS (Verband der Schweizerischer Studierendenschaften/Swiss Student Union). Thanks to the federal programme Equal Opportunities and Diversity and the cooperation of four different organisations (SUB, VSS, AfG, SAJV), Womentoring, the first mentoring programme in Switzerland targeting female students, was realised in 2002.
In autumn 2021, the eleventh round of Womentoring 21/22 will start with a kick-off event that will allow all mentoring duos to get to know each other. In the autumn and spring semesters, various workshops on career planning and coaching will take place in cooperation with the Bern University Counselling Centre, various networking meetings will be offered, and different experts will be invited to report on their experiences with academic careers. However, the heart of the mentoring is the individual meetings and discussions of the mentoring duos.
Mentees are female students in their Master's studies from all faculties who are considering pursuing an academic career.
Womentoring offers mentees
Womentoring expects the mentees to
Mentors are assistants, doctoral students or lecturers at the University of Bern who allow a student to benefit from their experience and contacts and accompany her in her professional and academic career.
Womentoring offers mentors
Womentoring expects the mentors to
Here you can find application forms, more information on Womentoring, and reports on the programme.