Wellcome Trust Broadening Horizons Mentoring Programme

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The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) is seeking early careers researchers (ECRs) to take part in the Broadening Horizons cross-sector mentoring programme. This scheme is designed to support, develop and empower ECRs who are interested in translational research for impact on health. The programme will launch for its inaugural year on 19th November 2020 with seed funding from the Wellcome Trust.


Broadening Horizons serves to inspire the next generation of ECRs to explore their future career paths, whether remaining in academia or transferring to industry, creating a community of individuals committed to their personal growth and that of others.


Benefits include development of skills, knowledge and confidence through a structured mentoring relationship, support to take control of your career and exposure to a community of like-minded individuals, expanding your network.


This twelve-month programme involves:

  • Matching mentees from academic institutions to mentors from industry organisations (such as biotech, pharma and medtech companies);
  • Mentors and mentees participating in three milestone events (the launch event will be hosted online, and when feasible, events will be both digital and live in London), which provide core mentoring learning, inspirational keynote speakers and a platform for building networks;
  • Pairs meeting at least four times throughout the programme;
  • Events and guidance delivered by mentoring and development experts, Moving Ahead.


We are looking for mentees that are:

  • ECRs (which includes post-doctoral researchers and those who have received funding to establish their own research group for the first time);
  • Interested in translational research in the health sector – whether they want to engage in the translation of their own research, or transition to a career in industry;
  • Keen to develop and prepared to take responsibility for progressing their own career;
  • Ready to be mentored, with a willingness to seek feedback and receive advice;
  • Resilient and consistently committed to getting things done;
  • Willing to take ownership of the mentoring relationship and adopt a proactive approach to working with their mentor.

Please note, this scheme is not suitable for PhD students.

Broadening Horizons Mentor Scheme timeline

To find out more about the matching process, mentoring education and further benefits to this programme, please see the links on the right.

Please contact Louise Mason for more information.


Commitment to Programme

Mentees are expected to:

  • Attend four mentoring meetings over the twelve-month programme (either in person or virtually);
  • Complete a short online questionnaire and profile by 30th September. This will be used in matching suitable mentoring partnerships;
  • Share feedback and experiences at three points throughout the programme;
  • Complete a final reflective statement and feedback to be submitted to MVLS.

Application Details and Submission

Please provide your CV and a short statement covering the following 3 questions:

  1. Why you wish to apply to the programme;
  2. What you hope to learn from the mentoring scheme;
  3. How you think it will benefit your career.

 (Word limit: 100 per question)


Key Dates

Mentee application submission deadline: submit CV and answers to the three application questions.

Fri 4th Sept

Candidates notified of selection decision

Mon 14th Sept

Deadline for chosen Mentees to complete online submission process to Moving Ahead

Wed 30th Sept

Please note, we will be accepting 5 mentees for the programme this year. Applications should be emailed to Louise Mason by the 4th of September by 5 pm. This scheme is now CLOSED.