About the Space4Women Mentorship Program

2023 Space4Women Mentorship Program now open!

 

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is excited to announce the launch of the 2023 Space4Women Mentorship Program for women and girls in Space and STEM.

The Space4Women Mentorship Program matches experienced mentors in the space sector with women and girls (mentees) who would like to pursue their studies or a career in space or STEM related subjects.

Mentees are an indispensable element for the future of the space industry. In pursuit of space career, young women and girls need the motivation and support. Mentors are an important part of encouraging women and girls to pursue education and careers in the space sector. As professionals and leaders in the industry, both men and women, can be seen as role models for young women and girls to learn from and gain support.

The Mentorship Program has specific guidelines and requirements for participation of both mentors and mentees.

Before submitting an application, prospective mentors and mentees should carefully read this document (available in the right column) to understand expectations and responsibilities.

Mentors in the Space4Women Mentorship Program are selected from leaders and professionals in the space industry and represent a variety of fields and geographic regions.

Together, these mentors support women and girls around the world, and share their expertise, knowledge, and experiences to build an environment where women and girls play an active and equal role in space science, technology, innovation, and exploration.

1. Benefits

Benefits for mentor: 

  • Satisfaction in helping mentees succeed

  • Challenge and stimulation

  • Exposure to future leaders

  • Further develop coaching, counselling and motivating skills

  • Future goodwill from the mentees in their careers

  • Grow professional and personal networks

Benefits for mentee:

  • Refine personal and professional goals

  • Learn how to confront and overcome career challenges

  • Receive feedback on ideas, plans, projects

  • Learn from mentor’s personal experiences

  • Achieve greater productivity and competence

  • Enhance professional confidence

  • Improve interpersonal relationships

  • Expand personal and professional network.

How to apply

Applications for mentors are now closed. 

Applications for mentees will open on 14 December. More details will be shared.

When applying, prospective mentees will be able to indicate their preferred mentor(s). UNOOSA will later select mentees and pair them with one of their preferred mentors (to the extent possible).

Indicative timeline for applications

  • Application period for prospective mentors: 21 October – 14 November 2022

  • Results of mentors’ selection: 7 December 2022

  • Application period for prospective mentees: 14 December 2022 – 4 January 2023

  • Results of mentees/mentors match: 23 January 2023

 

The Mentorship Program is made possible through the generous support of the Government of Israel.

Space4Women Mentors

Applications to become Space4Women Mentors are closed.

2021 Space4Women Mentors

Apply to be a mentee

Applications to become a Space4Women Mentee will open on 14 December 2023!

 

Program Information

Please click below to view the Mentorship Program Information & Guidelines and the Code of Conduct. 

Mentorship Program Guidelines and Requirements

Code of Conduct