Women's Early Career Mentoring Program

For all mentoring program enquiries please contact Jacinta Walsh: jacinta.walsh@monash.edu

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Fellowship

The Monash Indigenous Studies Centre in the School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies, through the Global Encounters & First Nations Peoples Laureate Project, has the privilege of hosting the annual Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Fellowship Program until 2025.

This program is led by Professor Lynette Russell AM, the 2019 recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship, awarded to her for outstanding research in humanities, arts and social sciences. Professor Russell AM has chosen to utilise this opportunity to support early career Indigenous women and non-binary and gender diverse peoples in academia.

2021 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Early Career Mentoring Program

The 2021 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring workshop was a great success. The event was run as a series of online Zoom interactive seminars. An impressive line-up of highly accomplished Indigenous scholars shared their journeys and advice with our mentees, who are themselves emerging Indigenous educators, researchers, authors and leaders. This conversational event aimed to create support networks and provide mentoring in leadership, health and wellbeing, and career development.

Participants attended all four seminar workshop events.
Each workshop ran for 2 hours in duration (10:00am – 12:00 noon).

Week One: Friday 4 June 2021
Strategies for Success with Dr Teresa Ryan

Week Two: Friday 11 June 2021
Values and Priorities with Prof Bronwyn Carlson and Prof Karen Adams

Week Three: Friday 18 June 2021
Career Opportunities Outside of the University with Dr Misty Jenkins

Week Four: Friday 25th June 2021
Health and Wellbeing with Yolanda Finette

2021 Mentees

Fourteen early career mentees representing nine universities nationwide were selected from a large number of applications. The mentees were all in the final stages of their PhD studies or had recently submitted. Their research interests included:

  • Psychology;
  • Education;
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice;
  • Population health;
  • Indigenous Health and well-being;
  • Library and archival management of data and material repatriation;
  • Indigenous languages;
  • Culture, Language and Country; and
  • Ancestry.

Here is some feedback we received from our mentees:

Learning from experienced academics how to navigate in the academy. Knowing that I am not alone. Hearing that these wonderful mentors have gone thru similar things to what I am experiencing, and how they overcame them. Just brilliant.

Thank you so much for the great opportunity to be a part of the program, and for the wonderful gift I received today in the mail. I love the symbolism of the Bundjil and hope that we can collectively continue to ‘create’ (shape and influence) the world in ways that will make a difference. It was a pleasure to meet all the other participants and to engage with the presenters. I look forward to any future opportunities to connect with the group.

It was a wonderful experience for me to be guided by such amazing and strong Aboriginal women.

2022 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Early Career Mentoring Program

The 2022 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Early Career Indigenous Researcher (Pilot) Program is an opportunity specifically for First Nations female and non-binary and gender diverse peoples in academia (Higher Degree by Research (HDR) or Masters students), to expand their professional skills before transitioning into academic or other industry employment. The program will support participants to develop their understanding of how the University sector operates, and to enhance their skills in various aspects of academia to aid job readiness upon completion of their studies.

The 2022 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Early Career Indigenous Researcher (Pilot) Program commenced in August and will run for 6 months. The program has recently recruited four First Nations Early Career Research Fellows into the program from a highly competitive field of applicants. All Research Fellows are at various stages of their PhD candidatures.

Mentorship forms a critical component of the program. The program will focus on skills development to ensure the Research Fellows leave the program equipped with a professional foundation to complete their PhD projects and successfully transition into future academic or external industry positions at the completion of their studies.

Skills development is guided by the participants themselves and their own goals. Their development focus is not limited to but will involve the following:

  • How university systems work – administrative tasks, processing, database access;
  • How to make systems work for you, what to know, and who to go to for what; and
  • Skills development – writing skills, how to win grant funding, maintaining research databases, publishing, media training and time management.

Before the end of the program, the William Cooper Institute will work closely with Monash HR and the candidates to support those who want to pursue academic appointments at Monash University. The program will also support those who want to transition into employment outside of the University sector.

For more information

For more information, please contact Jacinta Walsh at jacinta.walsh@monash.edu