Our researcher mentoring scheme

Alzheimer's Society offers a mentoring programme to our funded fellows. We aim to support fellows to find an academic position and continue along their chosen career path within dementia research.

The mentoring scheme is part of our Dementia Research Leaders programme, which aims to support, develop and retain early career dementia researchers and ensure that dementia is at the forefront of the UK research agenda.

The mentoring scheme pairs Alzheimer’s Society funded fellows with mentors who have already reached an academic position.

So far, the scheme has supported over 25 early career researchers to find experienced researchers in the field to mentor them.

‘The mentoring scheme delivers the new generation of researchers prepared with knowledge and vision to help tackle the dementia challenge’ 
- Dr Mario Parra, Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellow

I’d like to be a dementia researcher mentor 

We are always looking for inspiring and supportive researchers who currently hold a  lecturer position or above.

If you’d like to mentor an up-and-coming dementia researcher please contact us for more information.

Clinicians or allied health professionals who have achieved a PhD or other significant research experience are also welcome to apply to become mentors.

I’m an early career dementia researcher and would like a mentor

If you are an Alzheimer’s Society funded fellow, you will be offered a mentor as part of our Dementia Research Leaders programme.

If you are funded by another organisation there are lots of other mentoring schemes available.

'The best thing about the scheme is the opportunity to interact and to be guided by an established scientist in the field, who can see my situation in an objective manner, not being directly involved in my research' 
- Current mentee
Ways we support researchers

We ensure our researchers are supported throughout their careers. Learn about our Dementia Research Leaders programme and individuals who are from biomedical, clinical and social science backgrounds.

Find out more

Other mentoring schemes 

Mentoring programmes to support the career development of researchers are often offered by universities, research institutes, academies and societies.

These can span different career stages (from PhD through to senior independent researchers) and take a variety of forms such as one-to-one or mentoring circles, with mentors also being provided from a range of career stages. 

University mentoring programmes

Many universities provide researcher mentoring schemes as institute-wide programmes or more specific schemes to support career development. If you're interested in learning more, contact your university.

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