Mentorship Program

The International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network (ICRN) and the European Cholangiocarcinoma Network (in the framework of the EURO-CHOLANGIO-NET of Cost Action CA18122) Mentorship Programs collaborate to support and advise junior researchers in their career choices and scientific growth by matching mentees and mentors within the ICRN and ENS-CCA networks.

While mentorship is a well-developed practice in most Institutions, our joint mentorship program offers junior researchers the opportunity to get support from international, external, and independent highly experienced, physician-scientist Mentors who share the same interest in cholangiocarcinoma.

It is our pleasure to announce the launch of two mentoring programs:

  1. Career Mentoring Program
  2. Scientific Mentoring Program

The program will be virtual in 2021. We welcome interested Mentors and Mentees to apply for a program of interest. Mentors and Mentees can apply for both on the same cycle.

Career Mentoring Program

  • 6-month virtual mentoring activity.
  • Focus on career development and professional choices.
  • Mentors and Mentees commitment to a 1-hour virtual meeting every 30-45 days.
  • Mid-term progress report to the Program Administrator.
  • Upon conclusion, Mentees may have the opportunity to visit the Mentor’s Institution by applying for the COST Short-Term Scientific Mission if they meet the eligibility criteria https://eurocholangionet.eu/scientific-missions/.

Scientific Mentoring Program

  • 12-month virtual mentoring activity.
  • Focus on identifying an achieving a project during the 12-month program.
  • Mentors and Mentees commitment to a 1-hour virtual meeting every 30-days.
  • Mid-term progress report to the Program Administrator.
  • Upon conclusion, Mentees may have the opportunity to visit the Mentor’s Institution by applying for the COST Short-Term Scientific Mission if they meet the eligibility criteria https://eurocholangionet.eu/scientific-missions/.
  • At the end of 12 months, Mentors and Mentees will submit a final program evaluation form highlighting the program outcomes they achieved.
  • Mentees will submit an abstract to present their work at the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Annual Conference Poster Session in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • The Abstract Review Committee will select one Mentor/Mentee partnership for a top prize that includes free registration and accommodations to the CCF Annual Conference to present their work during one of the scientific sessions of the meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the Career or Scientific Mentoring Programs must be:

  • Ph.D. student, oncology resident/fellow, postdocs
  • For non-native English speaking, be fluent in writing and speaking English
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in cholangiocarcinoma by having at least one paper or abstract published on the topic.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for the Career and/or Scientific Mentorship Programs, please submit the application form and make sure to upload the following additional documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. A motivation letter clarifies which mentorship program you are interested in joining, why you are interested in applying for the Mentorship program, your goals, and what you anticipate achieving by the end of the program.
  3. Letter of recommendation from your institute/head of department supporting your application.
  4. Paper or abstract published on cholangiocarcinoma

Selection Process

  • Application submission opens on September 1, 2021
  • Application submission due date is on September 30, 2021
  • Program Directors and the Board of Mentors will select up to 15 Mentees and match them with Mentors by October 31, 2021
  • Matched Mentors and Mentees will be notified by November 7, 2021

Start of the program and follow up

  • Matched Mentors and Mentee must arrange the first call before November 21, 2021.
  • By the end of the program, a final program evaluation form will be sent to Mentees and Mentors to evaluate the program’s effectiveness and keep it up-to-date and useful.
  • Mentees and their Mentors must submit their evaluation within a maximum of 30-days from the end of the program.

The International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network (ICRN) is a program of the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.