Strengthening research capacity

Mentoring Programme

Magatte Ndiaye and Roger Tine being mentored by Badara Cisse

MCDC has established a mentoring programme for its investigators. Through a process of self selection, the programme matched mentees with a mentor who would help support them with their personal and professional development, so that they are able to reach their full potential as self-reliant, self-confident and independent scientific researchers. The process of matching mentees with mentors started early in 2010 and 28 postdoctoral fellows are now enrolled onto the programme.

To formalise their participation in the programme a mentoring agreement was signed by both the mentor and the mentee; and while the frequency and mode of meetings is decided between the mentor and the mentee, one face-to-face meeting per year is encouraged.

Support and training materials for both mentors and mentees on the programme were developed by a working group with MCDC mentor and mentee representation, the LSHTM staff and education development department, the Academy of Medical Sciences UK, and the THRiVE Consortium.

These web-based resource materials, developed in conjunction with Manta Ray Media Ltd, were launched at the MCDC annual meeting in Accra in January 2011, and were available for access via the online MCDC Community which is a web based communication platform used by the consortium.

View our open access Mentoring Module here.


MCDC acknowledges the Academy of Medical Sciences, Clutterbuck Associates and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)for their support, review and advice in the development of the mentoring programme and resource materials.

If you would like any further information on the MCDC mentoring programme please Hazel [dot] Mccullough [at] lshtm [dot] ac [dot] uk (contact us).

Learn more about mentoring through our Open Access Mentoring Module.

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