Women's Early Career Mentoring Program

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

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Fellowship 2021

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Fellowship will be 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

Due to Covid-19 disruptions to interstate travel and possible complications with running a face to face event, the 2021 program is being run as a series of online Zoom workshops. The workshops will focus on enhancing the skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non-binary and gender diverse peoples who are in the early stages of their academic careers.

An impressive line-up of highly accomplished Indigenous scholars are ready to share their journeys and advice with emerging Indigenous educators, researchers, authors and leaders. The 2021 program will encourage conversation, and will aim to create support networks and provide mentoring in leadership, health and wellbeing, and career development.

Participants will be required to attend all four seminar workshop events.
Each workshop is 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


Indigenous women and non-binary and gender diverse peoples, who are in the early stages of their academic careers – those who have completed or will complete their PhD candidature in 2021 will be eligible to participate in the program.

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



Closing Date for Registrations

Friday 30th April, 2021

We anticipate that we will receive more applications than the program can accommodate. With this in mind, we are already considering running further events later in the year. Additionally, the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Mentoring Program will be an annual event over the next four years, so those who miss out in 2021 will be given first preference for the 2022 program.

Register here

Download the flyer here

For more information

If you would like to ask any questions or would like further information about this program, please contact Jacinta Walsh at jacinta.walsh@monash.edu