AFAA recognizes that Fulbrighters are leaders in their fields and that these skills can be further supported and developed after the initial scholarship year has ended. Thus, AFAA has been exploring and developing a suite of leadership development activities since 2019. This included a scoping survey to membership to better understand membership needs and interests in this space. This survey revealed broad support for two complementary programmes: a mentorship scheme for AFAA members to act as mentors or mentees; a leadership programme including workshops and seminars to further develop leadership skills.
We are pleased to be launching our mentoring programme which is modeled off a scheme run over several years by the Australian office of the German DAAD organisation, to help encourage and guide early career academics and professionals to develop their contacts and career exposure to colleagues and institutions in Germany and Europe. Over its 4 year lifetime the German DAAD programme fostered several dozen long-term mentor-mentee relationships.
Are you an early or mid-career researcher who would like some career and professional guidance from an experienced researcher? With the support of the Fulbright Commission, the AFAA Committee is launching the "AFAA Australian Fulbright Alumni Mentoring Programme" to provide mentoring to early career researchers and professionals who are AFAA members.
The aim of the scheme is for experienced researchers and professionals (mentors) to provide advice and mentoring about career goals and aims, to early or mid-career researchers and professionals (mentees). Please note: Our scheme does not include advice or mentoring with regard to personal issues. More information is given in the mentorship programme page where you are invited to edit your AFAA member profile, to confirm your intention to participate.
Leadership development workshops
Our original plan for the workshop was an in person extended 2 day event. However the COVID pandemic has put that on hold. We are continuing to pursue funding opportunities for this and explore other delivery models.