Research-to-Business Mentoring for PhD and Early Career Researchers


Find out how to participate in the PhD Academy’s Research-to-Business mentoring scheme, which will put you in touch with an LSE PhD graduate with business experience

Do you want to engage with a business partner as part of your research?

Are you interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academia?

The PhD Academy is piloting a research-to-business mentorship scheme during the 2020/21 academic year. This scheme is being set up to facilitate informal conversations between current LSE PhD and Early Career Researchers who are interested in exploring business engagement and LSE PhD graduates with business experience. It is meant to provide a forum for fruitful exchanges about research-business collaboration and outreach with the aim of supporting PhD and Early Career Researchers who wish to work across academic and business environments.

This mentoring scheme is aimed at those who wish to engage in collaborative research with business partners as part of their PhD or post-doctoral project and/or wish to explore career options in business and industry. The scheme aims to support learning on how to bridge the space between academia and business; it is not intended as a means to gain entry into a specific company for research or career development purposes.

The mentoring scheme is supported by the ESRC Accelerating Business Collaboration grant.

Scope and commitment

Mentors and mentees will arrange to meet at least once in Michaelmas Term 2020 and once in Lent Term 2021. Each meeting will last around 60 minutes. Further follow-up meetings may take place if agreed by mentor and mentee but will be contingent on the mentor’s availability. In light of current circumstances, it is expected that the meetings will take place online.

How to participate

If you would like to work with a mentor, please apply by filling in the application form and sending it to Maria Kramer by 11th November 2020. Before applying, make sure you browse the list of current mentors. Note that a place on the scheme is contingent on the number of applicants and is not guaranteed; mentees will be assigned to mentors on the basis of their motivation and the availability of a suitable mentor.

PhD Academy is committed to making this scheme as inclusive and diverse as possible and some of the mentors have explicitly indicated their commitment to supporting PhD and Early Career Researchers from groups underrepresented at the LSE and in Higher Education.

If you need any adjustments to be able to apply or participate, or if you have questions about the scheme and the application procedure, please contact Maria Kramer.