Students in front of the Bibliotheca Albertina of the University of Leipzig.

Research Ambassadors

The Research Ambassador program, organised by the DAAD together with the Australian Association of Alexander von Humboldt Fellows (AAvHF), supports individuals with extensive experience in German-Australian academic collaborations and a strong commitment to furthering research partnerships between the two countries.

They pass on information on study and research in Germany and act as a go-to person for students and academics who are interested in going to Germany.

On request, the DAAD Australia is happy to officially inform your university about your position in this scheme. Usually this would involve the vice chancellor, the DVC research, your dean and HOS.

We will also send you an introduction letter with an overview over the most frequent questions as well as information brochures and the occasional email with useful links and information about upcoming DAAD scholarship deadlines. The DAAD is also able to provide some small funds to make it possible for our Research Ambassadors to organise small information gatherings at their university or research institution and e.g. pay for some finger food or cappuccinos.

Participating in the Mentoring Program

Are you an early or mid-career researcher who would like some career and professional guidance from an experienced researcher?  The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows (AAvHF) have launched a collaboration scheme to provide mentoring to early career researchers in Australia. The aim of the scheme is for experienced researchers (Mentors) to provide advice and mentoring about career goals and aims of early or mid-career researchers (Mentees). Please note: The scheme does not include advice or mentoring with regard to personal issues. If you want to be part of the network please register here.

The Matching Procedure

1. As a prospective Mentee you contact the Organizing Committee.
2. The Organizing Committee will select potential mentors from the Mentor volunteer list and a description of the possible Mentor confidentially will be emailed to you.
3. You will then have the opportunity to accept or reject the suggested Mentor without prejudice.
4. If the first attempt is not successful, then a second attempt to select a mentor for you will be made.
5. During a first personal meeting the mentoring agreement is signed and dated by you and the Mentor.

As each mentoring relationship is considered unique there are no prescriptive guidelines.
It is suggested, however, that the Mentee provides the Mentor with his/her up-to-date curriculum vitae. To agree upon a personal meeting to discuss career goals and possible mechanisms for achieving these goals. To hold a minimum of two meetings (personal or conducted by Skype etc.) The usual duration of the mentoring relationship is one year from the agreement’s date of signature. After this period the agreement can be extended for a defined or open period of time when Mentor and Mentee mutually agree

Confidentiality

Advice and discussions held between the Mentor and Mentee must be kept confidential and not disclosed to any third party, unless mutually agreed by the Mentor and Mentee.
Any advice, comments, suggestions, opinions or information (in either individual or combined occurrence) imparted (verbally, in written or electronic correspondence, or by a combination of these) during and in the framework of the academic mentoring network and its entailing programs are so done with the best intentions and according to the best knowledge of the Mentor or Mentors involved. Whilst every care is taken to deliver accurate and complete advice, comments, suggestions, opinions or information (in either individual or combined occurrence), no liability whatsoever attaches to the Mentor or Mentors nor to the Organizing Committee in any way as a result of giving that advice.

The RAMP Management Committee consists of:

Associate Professor Kay Double, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney (representing the AAvHF)

Dr Ada Bieber, University of Sydney and DAAD Lecturer (representing the DAAD)

Ms Silke Schoppe, Education Project Manager, DAAD Information Centre, Sydney (representing the DAAD)