The VIP2 Fellowship program will boost postdoctoral supervision and networking by implementing a two-mentor scheme.
The primary mentor is the host group leader who provides the lab infrastructure and main advisory role in the project. The primary mentor must be chosen from the VBC group leaders who participate in the current VIP2 call.
The secondary mentor can come from the VBC campus (the partner research institutes or biotech companies) or the external VBC network (alumni, collaborators, etc). The secondary mentor provides advice on fellow's research project as well as the career development from the perspective of a different field/expertise or even sector, thereby enriching the scientific potential of the project and the breadth of networking possibilities for the fellow. The secondary mentor will be chosen by the successful candidate together with the primary mentor after the fellowship starts.
The VIP2 fellows meet regularly and work closely with both mentors throughout their fellowship appointment. Specifically, each fellow will:
- develop an initial career development plan within the first three months together with the mentor(s)
- have an annual mentoring meeting (and corresponding annual development plan) with both mentors to review the past year and to plan for the next, both in terms of research project as well as career development.