Women's Early Career Mentoring Program

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

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Fellowship

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Fellowship is led by Professor Lynette Russell AM, the 2019 recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship, which is awarded to outstanding female researchers in humanities, arts and social sciences.

The Mentoring Fellowship was originally designed to be an annual residential program for 5-10 Indigenous women early career researchers, in the format of five-day workshops on campus at Monash University, Clayton, with travel and accommodation provided at no cost to the participants.

2021 Mentoring workshop

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;
  • 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.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Workshop 2022

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Program is an annual event running over the next four years.


To be eligible to participate, applicants must be Indigenous and identify as a woman or non-binary or gender diverse person, and be in the early stages of their academic career, having recently completed their PhD or completing their candidature in 2022.

Participant numbers

The participant numbers will be capped at 20. The numbers will be intentionally small to encourage genuine engagement between speakers and participants.


Free – if we run a residential program, travel and accommodation costs will be covered.


We hope to run the 2022 program in a residential, face-to-face format; however, this is dependent on how we are all managing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. If a face-to-face program is not possible, it will be a series of Zoom events.


June 2022


Registrations for the 2022 Program will open in April 2022 and likely close at the end of May.

For more information

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