Becoming a Mentee

All pre-tenure colleagues are eligible to participate in the mentorship program. Potential mentees signaling an interest in the program will be asked to complete a form indicating: (a) whether they have an existing formal or informal mentor; (b) their mentorship needs and goals; and (c) whether they have a preference of working with specific mentors (up to three choices) based on the profiles.

The Provost’s Office will match the prospective mentee with a member of the mentorship network, based on the mentee’s needs and prospective mentor’s availabilities and areas of interest in relation to mentorship. It is possible that one mentee will be matched with two different mentors simultaneously if that mentee’s questions or needs are best met by more than one mentor.

Particular topics on which mentors can provide guidance include:

  • Excellence in teaching and graduate/HQP supervision
  • Pursuing research opportunities
  • Establishing strong research teams
  • Navigating challenging professional relationships
  • Equity-related concerns
  • University governance and resources
  • Work-life balance
  • Career planning and career progression
  • Professional challenges
  • Setting and pursuing goals
  • Settling in Montreal/at McGill
  • Getting it all done: how to juggle, balance and prioritize
  • Demystifying McGill – how the University works
  • Understanding reappointment and tenure processes

When the Provost’s Office communicates a mentorship match, they will correspond with the mentors and mentees together. This communication will set out the parameters and expectations for the mentoring relationship based on expectations that are set by both the mentee’s needs and the mentor’s availabilities. This may be as short as one phone call or meeting, or as long as a sustained relationship with periodic (e.g., monthly) meetings over one year.

Pre-tenure professors are invited to contact equity.provost [at] for more information about the program and/or the application process.



McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.

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