Ten simple rules for establishing a mentorship programme

Anne M. Treasure, Siobhan Mackenzie Hall, Igor Lesko, Derek Moore, Malvika Sharan, Menno van Zaanen, Yo Yehudi, Anelda van der Walt

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In recent years, a wide variety of mentorship programmes targeting issues that cannot be addressed through traditional teaching and learning methods alone have been developed. Mentoring plays significant roles in the growth and development of both mentors and mentees, and the positive impacts of mentoring have been well documented. Mentorship programmes are therefore increasingly being implemented in a wide variety of fields by organisations, academic institutes, businesses, and governments. While there is a growing body of literature on mentoring and mentorship programmes, gaining a clear overview of the field is often challenging. In this article, we therefore provide a concise summary of recommendations to consider when designing and establishing mentorship programmes. These recommendations are based on the collective knowledge and experiences of 4 different emerging and established mentorship programmes and can be adapted across various mentorship settings or contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1010015
JournalPLoS computational biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2022


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