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Finding a supervisor or mentor - Centre for Functioning and Health Research, Queensland Health

Finding a Supervisor or Mentor

When starting out on a research journey, a research mentor or supervisor can provide support and assistance in navigating various research processes and procedures. Consider what type of support and assistance you need:

  • To advise about the content of my research?
  • To help me with the processes of research?
  • To formally supervise my project as part of my qualifications?

Metro South and CFAHR have a number of experienced researchers who may be able to supervise or mentor. Complete a Research Help Request.

CFAHR is guided by the following principles of mentoring:

         1.     foster independence
         2.     encourage critical thinking
         3.     use positive approaches
         4.     mutual respect

Feature Benefits for Mentor Benefits for Mentee
The mentor holds greater knowledge, experience and competence Increased confidence and personal satisfaction Receive guidance, support and feedback

Enhanced sense of security and reduced stress

Mentorship is a teaching-learning process Learning from mentees about new information and trends Skill and knowledge development
Mentorship involves reciprocal roles Professional development

Contribution to the field and next generation

Leadership skills development
Mentorship fosters career development Enhanced managerial and leadership skills Establishes networks

Enhanced research career opportunities and satisfaction

Mentorship fosters further mentorship Inspiration to mentor others from the effect of interaction with an enthusiastic mentee More likely to want to be a mentor for others

Mentoring tools and templates

Last updated: 15 July 2014