Mentoring Programme

To empower the next generation of young economists, the Women in Economics Initiative set up the Mentoring Programme. In each of the first and second round of the programme, we welcomed more than 200 economists from all around the world. Applications for the 3rd round (2023/24) are now open!


empower female, non-binary economists by connecting them in a structured setting:
mentees learn from mentors’ experience & receive (career) advice
mentors support the next generation of (diverse) economists & reflect on own experiences.


Round 3 of the mentoring programme (2023/2024) is now open for sign-up [see below]!  

Who are we looking for?

Mentees: Open to all WiE members with an economics background (or related) in their bachelor studies or beyond, who identify as women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, queer or questioning. We particularly encourage members of a minority background to apply. Not a WiE member yet? You can sign up for free here:

Mentors: we welcome all mentors with an economics related background who have finished their bachelor studies. 


  • 10-months programme starting October 2023
  • A kick-off session to welcome you and a graduation session to mark your achievement
  • Suggest 1 hr +/month commitment
  • Virtual mentoring meetings
  • You decide the topics to discuss: these can be professional, academic, or personal
  • Option for peer-mentoring: In addition ot the mentor-mentee pairs, you may also become part of a peer-mentoring group, meeting other participants at a similar career stage.


Places are limited, sign up today!


Sign-up closes on: 31 August 2023!


After you sign up:

– We will inform you in October if your application is successful and match you with a mentor/mentee. (If there are capacity constraints, you may be put on a waiting list and/or invited to join the next round of our mentoring programme)

-Prior to the kick-off session, we will provide you with guidelines and best practices for making the best out of your mentoring experience.


To ensure a good experience and fruitful exchange, we ask:


  • Think about your goal for the programme beforehand
  • Prepare every meeting
  • Be reliable and respectful
  • Reflect and document the results from the meetings
  • Cherish both of your and your mentor’s time


  • Share your experiences with your mentee! (Career advice, professional or academic knowledge, personal developement, tips for networking -and possible introductions)
  • Give honest and respectful feedback
  • You do not have to know everything

The 2022/2023 mentoring programme: STRIKING ENROLLMENT and a DIVERSE COMMUNITY

After 5 months of intensive preparations,  more than 100 mentees and 80 mentors all around the world joined the first-round of the WiE mentoring programme! Here, we hope to give you a brief overview of the participant structure.

Career stages of mentees and mentors

Current location of mentees and mentors

Matching between mentees and mentors

Interest of mentees (sector)
Experience of mentors (sector)

Other information

– 17% of the mentors identify as men
– 33% of mentees also applied as mentors

The Mentoring Team


PhD candidate|Leibniz University Hannover, Germany|adult education & lifelong learning


Evaluator and Researcher|DEval, Germany| & Consultant|World Bank|Development economics & Social protection


PhD candidate|ifo Institute & LMU Germany|political economy & public finance


Economic consultant|London, United Kingdom|Advise companies on matters related to competition law


Master student|Bonn, Germany|Behavior finance & Household finance
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