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GGS Peer Mentoring

You are in the process of earning your doctorate or your habilitation at the GGS and are contemplating a career in academia? Then make use of the chances offered by peer mentoring and improve your career prospects!

Found a new peer mentoring group or become a member of the three existing peer mentoring groups of the GGS:
Empirical Educational and Social Research
Peer support through expertise, practice and methodological competence
Science Mentoring at the JLU Giessen



The Peer Mentoring Programme is supported by the Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities Commissioner of the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Frauen- und Gleichstellungsbeauftragte

Since 2019, the Faculty 03 of the Justus Liebig University Giessen supports the Peer Mentoring Program with financial resources. We thank for the support. FB 03

What is Peer Mentoring?

Peer Mentoring is a form of career advancement which focusses on self-organisation, networking and mutual support of junior scientists of a similar status. Based on self-initiative and on an interdisciplinary basis, they join forces to form peer mentoring groups in order to create a common network connecting people and/or institutions and in order to achieve, through appropriate measures, qualifications which are decisive for a career development.

Please compare the article about the GGS Peer Mentoring Programme in Hedwig!

Financial Support of Peer Mentoring Groups

A peer mentoring group is financially supported with up to and around 3000 €/year. Further information concerning the respective application phase of the coming year are announced towards the beginning of the new year.


Who can I apply?

All those doing their doctorate or habilitating at the JLU can team up in a peer mentoring group and apply. Already existing peer mentoring groups can also apply. The prerequisite is that the GGS peer mentoring groups’ primary aim is for their members to support each other and to improve the compatibility of family and career.

When groups are created, the following criteria need to be fulfilled with regards to their eligibility for support:

  • At least 50 % of the group is made up of female members. At least 50 % of the group’s leadership is also made up of female members.
  • The group composition is interdisciplinary. At least 50 % of the group consists of doctoral students or people habilitating at the faculties of Social and Economic Sciences and Law.
  • The group composition can be homogenous as far as the degrees are concerned (only doctoral students or only graduates who are working on their habilitation), but may also transcend those degrees.
  • We would especially like to encourage junior scientists who have an obligation to take care of their children or parents to become members of a peer mentoring group.

Each peer mentoring group has an academic advisory board, which consists of two to three professors. At least one member of the advisory board also has to be a member of a faculty of the JLU. It is the function of said advisory boards to aid and support the peer mentoring group if need be.

Each peer mentoring group formulates aims which its members want to reach in cooperation during the project phase. Based on these targets, the groups work out a custom-made action plan which is meant to help in achieving said aims. Measures taken in order to reach the aims are organised and carried out autonomously by each group.


How are Peer Mentoring Groups founded?

Peer mentoring groups are founded autonomously by junior scientists keen on doing so, because they would like to deal, in cooperation with like-minded colleagues, with the planning of their careers in an active and reflective manner. 

How Do I Apply for Funding for My Peer Mentoring Group?

  • The complete application papers are sent as PDF documents via e-mail as well as, loose and in a file folder, per mail to the managing director of the GGS. The closing date for the application round of 2018 will be announced here in a short while.
  • The following documents have to be submitted:
  1. Final report of last year and application form
    Download form  (DOC)
  2. Letter of support by the advisers
  3. Short CVs and motivational statements of all group members (max. ½ DIN A4 page per group member)
  4. A detailed breakdown of the budget

Download form (XLS)

Incomplete applications will not be considered!

Criteria for the Eligibility for Support of Applications

Applications that have been handed in are evaluated by the GGS in a competitive way, based on the following criteria:

  • Are the group’s targets stated clearly and comprehensibly?
  • Are the measures suited to reach the group’s aims?
  • Is the explanation on how to judge the chances of success of the action plan conclusive?
  • Is the application supported by at least two academic advisers?
  • Did the group stick to the criteria of the required group composition?
  • Is the application complete and generally comprehensible?

Current GGS Peer Mentoring Groups

For an introduction of the peer mentoring groups which are already supported, please read here.