Mentor Program

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving global collaboration in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) research, the SRI offers a Mentor Program for Early Career Researchers.

Mentoring in research can provide an individual with skills outside of their own organisation or institution and support growth beyond the resources available to them at their workplace. Through mentoring, researchers can develop skills that support them through the process of research design, writing and publication, as well as building collaboration opportunities.

Applications close 27 February 2021, 11:59PM AEST

Email your application as a pdf to mentoring@thesri.org 

Aims of the program:

  • To progress the research careers of talented SCI Early Career Researchers (ECRs), particularly those from developing countries and/or those with limited access to experienced researchers;
  • To progress and strengthen ECR’s specific research project;
  • To advance SCI research broadly, thereby improving quality of life for people living with SCI;
  • To enhance international collaborations in SCI research.

Program overview:

  • The program will involve matching mentees with a mentor.
  • Potential mentees will submit an application to a small committee facilitated by the SRI.
  • The committee will review the applications and attempt to match the strongest applicant/s with a suitable mentor.
  • Mentors will be experienced SCI researchers, who have agreed to provide a minimum of 10 meetings per year with the mentee (usually over Zoom or Skype) over a 1 to 2 year period.
  • The mentor-mentee pair will be expected to work together for 1 to 2 years (the pair may wish to continue the mentor-mentee relationship for longer should the goals not be met in that time).
  • The mentor/mentee pair will be encouraged to communicate on the SCoRH platform.
  • An agreement will be signed between the mentor and mentee at commencement.
  • Meetings will be captured and documented on the meeting log.
  • Formative and summative assessments through online surveys will track and ensure the program has achieved its objectives.

Eligibility of mentee:

  • Mentees must join and be members of the SCoRH Early Career Researcher Network group;
  • Mentees must be: 
    • A higher degree research student (enrolled part-time or full-time in a PhD or Masters program); OR 
    • Less than 5 years post PhD; OR
    • A practicing SCI clinician (medicine, nursing, allied health) with an interest in research
  • All mentees must have a research project they wish to progress with a mentor;
  • Mentees can suggest a suitable mentor.

Application process:

Short written application will include:

  • Brief CV (one page)
  • Written application detailing career goals, statement of need and what the applicant is seeking in a mentor (one page)
  • Goals/expected outcomes of the mentor/mentee relationship (i.e grant proposal, publication, data analysis) (one page)
  • Brief research proposal (one page) 

Matching process:

  • The SRI facilitated committee will review each application.
  • The strongest applicants will be selected.
  • The committee will aim to “match” the successful applicant/s with a suitable mentor in collaboration with the list of potential mentors.

Email your application as a pdf to mentoring@thesri.org

For full details about the Mentor Program process, please click here.

Mentor Pilot Program 2019

The SRI launched a Mentor Pilot Program in 2019, with senior SCI researchers matched with SCI Early Career Researchers, to provide leadership, guidance and networking opportunities. 

In the Pilot year of the Program, Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar, a Rehabilitation Physician at the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, was matched with Dr Leslie Morse, Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr Pattanakuhar wants to transition from bench to clinical research and presented four research project ideas.


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