WISO-Mentoring is a program for the promotion of early career researchers in the Faculty of Business, Economics & Social Science and has already been run successfully four times. The mentoring program is aimed at holders of qualification positions, i.e. doctoral candidates and postdocs interested in academic career opportunities and whishing to actively plan and advance their career.

WISO Mentoring offers a multifaceted program, provides individual support to participants by offering them professional guidance and highlighting the opportunities presented by a career in science.

The fith incarnation of the program begins in May 2018 and is set to end in June 2019. The program elements will be held in German and/or English, according to the participants' needs.



  • supports young scientists at the faculty of Business, Economics and Social Science
  • provides career-planning support and enhaces the chance for a successfull academic career
  • supports in building and developing an academic network
Program items Content
Framework program

A framework program consisting in four half-day or daily modules. Participants contribute in defining the thematic content of these events.

Individual Coaching

The participants benefit from an individual coaching on subjects of their own choice. Participants can choose a coach suitable for their particular circumstance from a pool of coaches. Topics that may be discussed in an individual coaching are: research funding, career planning and reconciliation, working life as a researcher, preparation for an appointment procedure, mobility, etc.

One-to-one Mentoring

One-to-one Mentoring designates a system of relation between an experienced senior scientist (mentor) and a younger less experienced junior scientist (mentee). A mentor supports beyond normal supervisor - subordinates dependencies, gives advice, introduces into networks and helps understanding mechanisms and unwritten rules of an organization. In the WISO-Mentoring, the mentees chose a professor who accompanies them during the duration of the program. The coordinator assists the mentees in their search for a mentor and usually establishes the first contact. Ideally, both parties are working and researching in different institutions in a similar or related domain so as professional interests are overlapping. The mentoring tandem maintain a regular exchange independently from the framework program. Mentee and mentor agree upon the form and the intensity of their exchange individually.


Peer-Mentoring stands for the networking and mutual support of junior scientists (mentees) within or beyond the own level of formation and department. The framework program and regular informal meetings enable the participants to exchange among each other and to reflect upon the own career.

Program time May 2018 - June 2019
12. March 2018, 12.30 - 14.00, UniS, Room A 015 (followed by lunch und Coffee)
Application Deadline      23 April 2018
Modul 1: Kick-off, Topic: Network training
17 May 2018, 13.15 - 17.00, UniS, Room A-124
Modul 2: Topic: Career planning 18 October 2018, 9.00 - 17.00, Hauptgebäude, room 104
Modul 3: Topic: tbd February 2019
Modul 4: Closing event, Topic: tbd June 2019

You are a doctoral student or a postdoc researcher at the faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Bern, interested in academic career paths and would like to actively plan and push forward your carreer.

You are willing to engage with the academic career, to participate in the different program items, you are interested in exchanging with other young researchers and bring an open mind for external suggestions and critics (One-to-One Mentoring, Coaching).

The maximal number of participants is 15.

Selection criteria

  • Guarantee of the funding and employment situation during the program.
  • Motivation to participate in the WISO-Mentoring and the thereof expected benefits for the own academic career.
  • Gender*.

The selection is made by the program direction. Acceptance or refusals are communicated to the candidates by E-mail.

*Because of the low proportion of women professors at the faculty, the program direction reserves the right to limit the proporition of male participants to one third.

Program Coordination

Program directors

Please submit your application until April 23 with the Online-Application form.
Your information will be treated strictly confidential and not passed on to third parties.

If you have any questions, please contact wisomentoring@wisodek.unibe.ch.