Early Career Researcher Mentoring Program

Applications for the 2024 Early Career Researcher (ECR) Mentoring Program are now closed.


Program Description

The aim of the program is for early career researchers to receive mentoring on a self-selected topic in one of the topic areas that our mentors offer (please see below for more information). Mentoring will be provided by a SBM expert and include a peer-mentoring component. The mentoring program will last for one year and starts around the time of the Annual Meeting. It is not required to attend the meeting to apply for the program, and there is no cost to participate for SBM members.

This program is not a replacement of the mentoring at the mentee's own institution, but aims to complement and expand the mentoring experiences of early career researchers.

Check out this presentation for more details about the ECR Mentoring Program format and goals.


Who Can Participate as a Mentee?

  • Graduate students with all levels of experience that are SBM members in 2024.
  • Post-docs with all levels of experience that are SBM members in 2024.

In collaboration with the Health Equity SIG, we especially encourage early career researchers from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups to apply!


How Can I Sign Up as a Mentee?

To help us in matching an SBM expert and peers, the mentees are asked to complete the form at this link and to attach the following materials:

  • Academic CV (one page)
  • Statement of interest: A brief description (max. 400 words) why you would like to participate in the mentoring program. To assist us with the matching process, please explain how you expect to benefit from the program and what should happen within the mentoring year so that you consider the program for yourself as a success.

Due to a limited number of mentors, we cannot guarantee a spot for all applicants in the program. Applications for the 2024 program will close on January 5th.


What Topics are Offered for Mentoring?

  • Grant writing and funding opportunities (e.g., K- and R-awards)
  • Digital health / technology (e.g., ecological momentary assessment)
  • Methods and measurement (e.g., study recruitment, trial design)
  • Dissemination and implementation science (e.g., choosing an implementation framework)
  • General career consultation (e.g., transition to post-doc fellow, work-life balance, transition into industry, finding a mentor within one’s own institution)
  • Clinical care
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., building a research program focused on health equity, conducting research with individuals from historically underrepresented populations)
  • Community/participatory research

Due to the variety of disciplines in SBM, we consciously offer topics that are relevant across disciplines and SIGs. If possible, we match the mentee with a mentor that is in the same or a similar discipline.


Who are the Mentors, and How Can I Become a Mentor?

The ECR Mentoring Program is proud to feature recognized SBM members from all backgrounds who are passionate about sharing their expertise with early career researchers. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the 2024/2025 cohort, we would kindly ask you to fill in this form.

Please direct any questions regarding the Early Career Research Mentoring Program to Committee Chair Carina Nigg (carina.nigg2@unibe.ch).