EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Programme


Pursuing a great career as a researcher in Rheumatology? Apply now to be mentored by top researchers – EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Programme

Deadline: 10th April 2022 

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A survey from EMEUNET supports the need for career mentoring, mainly focused on career transition, networking and leadership skills. We are happy to announce that EMEUNET has launched a pioneer initiative to improve mentoring of early career researchers in rheumatology (post-docs within first 5 years after PhD).

This 4th edition of the program is featuring the top researchers as mentors: 

  • Prof. Ian Bruce
  • Prof. Caroline Ospelt
  • Prof. Alejandro Balsa

What is it about?

  • Possibility to discuss (new) projects with a mentor: how to lead project/ build network/ evolve to senior researcher/ career advice and development

How is the programme structured?

  • Duration : 12 months, starts with a  face-to-face/virtual meeting at EULAR 2022 in Copenhagen (if possible)
  • Communication : variable, depending on the mentor-mentee by F2F meetings during congresses and phone/skype/email contact
  • Mentoring plan will be agreed upon in the beginning between the mentee and mentor with the help of EMEUNET colleagues

How to apply?


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to be mentored by top leading experts and apply!


The second edition of the programme was launched at EULAR 2019 and boasted five top researchers as mentors: Prof. Francis Guillemin (University of Lorraine, France), Dr. Suzanne Verstappen (University of Manchester, UK),  Prof. Christophe Richez (University of Bordeaux , France ),  Prof. Margreet Kloppenburg (University of Leiden, The Netherlands) and Prof. Timothy Radstake (University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands).

The first edition of the program was launched at EULAR 2018 and boasted three top researchers as mentors: Prof. Désirée van der Heijde (LUMC, The Netherlands), Prof. Rik Lories (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Prof. Will Dixon (University of Manchester, UK ).

Key information on the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Programme

What is it about?

  • This programme offers mentoring from leading experts in the field or Rheumatology. Mentoring covers a number of aspects of the research and career development: how to lead projects, build networks, evolve into a senior researcher and general career advice.

How is the programme structured?

  • Duration: 12 months, starts with a face-to-face meeting at EULAR annual meeting

  • Mentoring plan: this is be agreed upon at the beginning between the mentee and mentor with the help of EMEUNET Peer Mentoring Sub-committee members. This is based on an Individual Development Plan, which collates the expectations and aims of the mentees and identifies areas where the mentor could provide guidance.

  • Communication: variable and flexible, depending on the mentor and mentee. After the face-to-face introduction at EULAR meeting, future communication is commonly via phone/skype/email.

Are you a post-doc researcher in rheumatology and need a mentor to support your academic growth? Take advantage of this unique programme and apply for coming editions! Stay tuned to our social media platforms!

A recent survey from EMEUNET supports the need for career mentoring early career researchers in Rheumatology. On this line, the EMEUNET Peer Mentoring Sub-committee has pioneered a mentoring programme aimed to cover this gap: the EMEUNET Post-Doc Mentoring Programme now been published in a paper in RMD Open. This paper analyzes the perceived needs for mentoring in early career researchers across Europe, including potential priorities and the desired mentor's profiles. Moreover, the implementation of a pilot programme and an evaluation of its outcomes are described. This programme was found to be feasible, useful and well appreciated by all the participants.

Link  : https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e001139