Sponsored Research Mentoring Program

It is our pleasure to formally announce the resumption of the now renamed Sponsored Research Administrator Mentoring Program. Listed below are links to a detailed program description and applications for both mentors and mentees. Applications are due May 31, 2021 and participants are expected to be notified by mid-June. 

Who should consider applying to become a mentee?

Anyone newly hired or promoted into a research administration role, or anyone who is interested in learning more about areas of sponsored research with which s/he is unfamiliar is welcome to apply. The only requirement is the willingness to commit to the program for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

Who should consider applying to become a mentor?

Anyone currently in a research administrator role who has demonstrated engagement with the research administration community on campus (such as attending Coffee with ORPA, SRA Wrap-Up sessions, and similar opportunities) is welcome to apply. We welcome applications from individuals as well as from groups! As with mentees, we require the willingness to commit to the program for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

What is the expected time commitment?

The program anticipates the commitment not to exceed 26 hours over 6 months. This is comprised of an estimate for the 6 months of 1 hour per week, which gives time for a one hour meeting every other week, and another hour of ad hoc questions/time.

I am interested in becoming a mentor, but worried about figuring out what my responsibilities would be. Will there be support?

YES! Review the attached Program Description and the Initial Session Guides for ideas regarding recommended activities. In addition, we are teaming up with HR to kick off the program with an orientation session.

The program is appealing, but I’m in a central office role, or I’m a departmental grants manager interested in learning more about central office roles. Is the program really meant for me?

YES! We have expanded the program with the intent to broaden the participation across campus, and to provide an opportunity for career growth to anyone who is interested.

Do you have an estimated timeline for the program?

Yes we do, here it is:

  • Application deadline: May 31st, 2021.
  • Mentee/mentor matches made and applicants notified: Mid-June, 2021.
  • Orientation session led by HR: Early July, 2021.
  • Deadline to establish initial contact and agree to meeting schedules: Mid-July, 2021.
  • Mid-assignment evaluation: October, 2021.
  • Assignment end: Late December 2021 / Early January 2022, but renewable if there is interest from both mentor and mentee.
  • Request for periodic updates from participants: Throughout!

I have questions you haven’t addressed above. How do I get in touch with you?

The program’s committee can be reached by emailing researchmentor@princeton.edu.

This program sounds exciting and I’m ready to apply! What’s the process?

Complete the mentor or mentee enrollment form as applicable, be sure to get approval from your supervisor, and email the form to us at researchmentor@princeton.edu by May 31st.

For more information, listed below are the links to the program description, the initial session guides and both the mentor and mentee enrollment forms.