MPA Mentorship Program

The MPA mentor program provides new postgraduates with guidance on surviving and thriving at Monash, as well as offering an avenue for meeting other postgraduates and expanding your social circle.

Once you have been matched with a second year postgraduate mentor, the two of you will meet regularly to discuss anything and everything! Meetings can be in cafes, bars or campus lounges – whatever works for you and your mentor. This is a great way to find out all the local information, get some tips on how to get the most out of your postgraduate experience and for international postgrads, work out what those colloquial phrases mean!

The mentor program is designed to be flexible to suit everyone's schedules and needs. Once you’ve spent a year with your mentor you’ll be ready to volunteer as a mentor yourself for the next postgraduate intake!

For mentees

Mentee expectations

  • Your mentor to keep in touch with you regularly through your agreed means of communications. Mentees should also take the initiative to contact their mentors when they feel the need arises
  • Respect your mentors personal time
  • Mentors can give advice based on their own experiences regarding academic, social, cultural issues. If your mentor tells you they cannot give certain advice this must be respected. Mentors will refer you to a relevant advice service within the University for issues beyond their jurisdiction.

For mentors

Postgrads interested in mentoring submit their expression of interest directly to

Mentor duties

  • Serve as a leader and role model for your mentees.
  • Take a genuine interest in the personal and academic well-being of your mentees as well as their aspirations and goals.
  • Provide mentees with useful information based on your own experiences at the University to help them with their own journey, whilst remaining objective in any advice you give.
  • Commit to meet with your mentees in person once a week for the first three weeks of semester.
  • Demonstrate empathy and understanding in assisting with mentee adjustment to postgrad life and identifying their individual needs.
  • Commit to keeping in touch with your mentee throughout the semester via a mutually agreed upon form of communication i.e. e-mail/skype/in-person/phone/social media.
  • Attend the initial mentor training and the speed-mentoring event.
  • If you feel the needs of your mentee go beyond your duties as a mentor, inform the MPA of the situation in the first instance and refer your mentee to the relevant advice service.

One-off mentor mandatory training day

There will be a one day training program run by Alison Richardson from the Business School. This is a good opportunity to meet with the other mentors and to bring up any questions you have about what's expected of you as a mentor. This training is mandatory for anyone who wants to join the program as a mentor.

Mentors will be asked to submit a short form outlining their agreed modes of communication and detailing their provisional sessions.   

Mentors will be entitled to a certificate and reward upon completion of 10 hours of mentoring

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"In my first semester, I found the mentor program to be extremely beneficial and love that I can now give back through this program!"

Speed Mentoring - Find a postgrad mentor the fun way!

If you are new to Monash this semester, sign-up to our speed-mentoring event and find a friend who can answer all (well, most) of your questions. Our mentor programme is here to provide support for new students from our knowledgeable and helpful current postgrad students. This event will kick-off our mentor programme for the semester and help you to find a mentor who you connect with. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Only limited spaces available, please click here to book your spot.

Alumni Mentor Program

Are you interested in being mentored by a member of the Monash Alumni? The MPA and Alumni team are offering 10 high achieving postgraduate students the opportunity to be mentored by Monash Alumni.

Only limited spaces available, please click here for more info.

Interested to Mentor?

There are many opportunities to mentor with the MPA! If you are interested, please sign up here:

Become an MPA Mentor (Coursework)
Become an MPA Mentor (HDR)

If you have any questions, please email Caroline Barrow .

HDR Mentor Network

The 'HDR Mentor Network’, is a mentor program for research postgraduates that aims to encourage interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing, expand HDR social circles and offer guidance on HDR-related issues such as how to approach milestones, effective communication with supervisors and useful tips for surviving your PhD. Want to find out more, please email Caroline Barrow .