IAS Mentorship Programme

IAS – the International AIDS Society – strives to cultivate up-and-coming HIV professionals and support their career development by creating opportunities to interact with well-established professionals in the area of HIV. The IAS Mentorship Programme (IASMP) works to effectively engage young people and help develop the next generation of clinicians and researchers, policy makers and peer navigators, and healthcare clients and community advocates.




The purpose of the IASMP, an initiative of the IAS Educational Fund, is to enhance the exchange of knowledge and build relationships that foster development between early-career and established professionals to empower the leaders of the future in the HIV response. It provides a forum for experienced and younger participants to develop an ongoing relationship by meeting regularly and discussing matters relating to the area of HIV within an organized and supportive framework.

The IAS Mentorship Programme is free of charge and fully virtual. The programme will take place from May to October 2022 (a total duration of six months).

The IAS Mentorship Programme aims to:

  1. Preserve and transfer accumulated knowledge to early-career professionals within the HIV community
  2. Provide early-career professionals with skills needed to achieve their potential and contribute to their career development
  3. As a platform for exchange and mutual learning, connect early-career professionals in the area of HIV with highly experienced mentors
  4. Help early-career professionals create their network within the IAS membership and the HIV community
  5. Support life-long learning and knowledge sharing
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Programme benefits
  • Key dates

Programme participants, mentors and mentees should preferably be IAS Members, but this is not an absolute requirement. At least half of the spaces for mentors and mentees will be allocated to IAS Members.

MENTEES

Mentees should meet the following requirements:

  • Be a student, recent graduate or young professional with less than three years of working experience in the area of HIV
  • Be between 18 and 35 years old throughout the programme duration
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Have time to commit to approximately 15 hours over six months (two hours and 30 minutes on average per month)

MENTORS

Mentors should meet the following requirements:

  • Have extensive and relevant experience in the area of HIV
  • Have excellent communication skills, particularly listening
  • Have the desire to contribute to the future of the HIV workforce
  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Have time to commit to approximately nine hours over six months (90 minutes on average per month)

For 2022, we will initially select 10 mentor and mentee pairs from all regions and work backgrounds.

As part of this year's IAS Mentorship Programme, there is an exciting opportunity for mentorship in HIV vaccines, with 10 additional places open to mentor and mentee pairs working in HIV vaccine research.

There are many mutual benefits of participating in a mentoring programme for the mentor and mentee, including:

MENTEES

  • Develop new skills and training to contribute to their career development
  • Build a network and connect at an early stage of their careers with established professionals in the area of HIV
  • Create a long-lasting relationship with their mentors
  • Get career advice to manage needs and expectations
  • Receive support and guidance to achieve career goals
  • Participation in AIDS 2022 and a two-year IAS membership

MENTORS

  • Contribute to the development of the area of HIV and HIV professionals
  • Transfer skills and knowledge
  • Create a long-lasting relationship with their mentees
  • Expand networks
  • Recognition of skills, knowledge and commitment to the HIV workforce
  • Provide mentors with increased visibility and identity as professionals
  • Participation in AIDS 2022 and a two-year IAS membership

The mentorship programme focuses on one-on-one mentoring and also provides various skills development opportunities through Virtual Learning Events and space for discussion during Mentoring Circles and team-building activities.

This programme provides mentees with opportunities to develop new skills and training to contribute to their career development, as well as to build a network of professionals and connect at an early stage of their career with established professionals in the area of HIV. Through this programme, mentors can contribute to the development of the area of HIV and HIV professionals, transfer skills and knowledge, and develop their visibility and identity as professionals.

Key dates

18 January 2022: Call for applications for mentors and mentees

7 February 2022: Application deadline

Early April 2022: Selection and notification of programme participants

Mid-April 2022: Training for mentors and mentees

27 April 2022: Start of the IAS Mentorship Programme with kick-off meeting

May to July 2022: First one-on-one meetings between mentors and mentees

July 2022: Progress review workshop

29 July to 2 August 2022: Participation in AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference, in Montreal, Canada, in person if possible or virtually

October 2022: Closing programme workshop

From May to October 2022, mentees will be participating in several Virtual Learning Events, Mentoring Circles and team-building activities of their choice.

FAQs

For additional information about the IAS Mentorship Programme, please see Frequently Asked Questions.


Contact

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