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Mentoring Workshops

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs runs quarterly “Mentoring Up + Down” workshops for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in all disciplines who would like to learn best practices to help them establish effective and productive mentoring relationships with their mentees (“mentoring down”) and with their mentors (“mentoring up”). These three-part training workshops are based on the “Entering Mentoring” curriculum developed by the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Participants who complete all three sessions are eligible to receive a certificate from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Sessions do not have to be completed in the same quarter in order to be eligible for the certificate.

The workshop schedule for Spring Quarter 2024 is posted below. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Beth Healey ( for clarification. 

Mentoring Up + Down Workshop Series

Virtual Sessions - Postdoctoral Fellows

Faculty Mentoring Training Program

The Office of the Provost, The Graduate School, and the Center for Leadership offer the Northwestern Faculty Mentoring Training Program for faculty. Based on the Provost’s Foundational Principles of Mentoring Practice and nationally recognized best practices for the mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the training includes small group work, case studies, short lecture-style learning, and guidance to help faculty be intentional and confident in their mentoring abilities.

The NIH and Northwestern strongly suggest that faculty appointed to T32 and other training grants participate in faculty mentoring training. To fulfill these requirements, Northwestern has created a series of evidence-based modules which can be taken over the span of two years. Completion of all four modules within two years constitutes successful completion of the faculty mentoring training. This training is open to all STEM faculty, including those not appointed to training grants.

The Faculty Mentoring Training Program (STEM) will be offered in four modules. Register online for one or more of the sessions.