In short

Empower Talent! is a mentor scheme for academic staff at Aarhus University 

Empower Talent! matches staff at assistant professor (assistant professor/researcher/postdoc) level with more experienced colleagues at associate professor level or above. 

The purpose of the scheme is to contribute to supporting and developing the professional and personal career potential of the academic staff. 

Empower Talent! is voluntary. Participation is voluntary based on the mutual interest of both the mentor and mentee. 


  • New mentors and mentees register for the scheme via the website (go to registration).

  • AU HR matches the mentors and mentees who have registered on an individual basis, though it is also possible for mentor-mentee pairs to register.

  • There will be a biannual registration deadline - spring and autumn.

  • Mentor and mentee may or may not come from the same sections/departments/ centres/institutes, but in order to provide the best possible framework for an informal conversation, neither of the two parties should be dependent on the other

The course of the mentor scheme

  • A mentor scheme covers a period of one year, but may be cut short or extended if the parties wish.
  • It is recommended that mutual expectations and objectives for the scheme be formalised in an agreement (download agreement template).
  • Mentors and mentees will be regularly invited to participate in theme workshops intended to help inspire and develop the mentor relationship.

Completion and evaluation of mentor relationships

When a mentor relationship comes to a conclusion, this should be reported to the contact at HR

HR will continue to work on optimising the Empower Talent! Therefore we should be very grateful if both mentor and mentee complete and submit an evaluation of the mentor scheme on completion of the programme.

Download evaluation template (coming soon).