ICAP Mentoring Scheme
The ICAP mentoring scheme is a new initiative that aims to pair a few early career researchers with experienced mentors. Mentoring can play an important role in supporting the development of researchers and aiding their career progression. Mentoring is also an important element of addressing issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. Studies suggest that mentees can benefit from improved productivity and career satisfaction and greater self-efficacy. Mentors also report enhancement of their own career satisfaction and greater self-reflection leading to more effective supervision and leadership. We believe that ICAP can play a role and aim to do the following:

  • Pair mentees with mentors drawn from ICAP participants
  • Provide a short training session for mentors during the conference
  • Provide a short information session for mentees during the conference
  • Facilitate introductory mentor meetings with the aim of initiating long-term relationships
  • Assess the usefulness of this scheme and help to enlarge the scheme through future ICAPs

The scheme is aimed at early-career researchers, broadly defined, who believe they would benefit from having a mentor but do not have access to a mentoring scheme at their own institution. When registering for ICAP, you will have an opportunity to sign up for this scheme as a potential mentee or mentor. We will then be in touch to request a little more information about you.

Financial support
We can offer financial support in the form of a fee waiver to a small number of participants who would not otherwise be able to attend, especially those from developing countries. If you wish to apply for this support, please send a single email to icap2024@imperial.ac.uk with the following attachments:

  • A letter (1 or 2 pages) describing (i) your background and circumstances, (ii) the work that you would like to present as a poster and (iii) why you find it important to attend ICAP.
  • If you are a PhD student or a postdoctoral researcher, a letter of support from your supervisor.

The application deadline is March 10. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application by the end of March. Please be aware that the funds available for this support is limited.