IMNIS Engage 2023-2024 Mentoring Program


What could a senior industry leader offer you as a mentor?

Flinders University is partnering with the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) to offer PhD students the opportunity to connect to an influential industry leader with extensive experience and expertise who will be their mentor for the year. Industry mentors are motivated to ‘give back’ to the STEM community and generously volunteer their time to share their knowledge, guidance and advice.

Mentors are a great way of:

  • enhancing your understanding of industry and how to collaborate with industry
  • gaining a new perspective on your research
  • developing your industry network
  • enhancing your communication and leadership skills

which are essential whether you aspire to an academic or industry-based role.

To get the most out of the program you will be encouraged to connect with your mentor each month over the 12-month program. You will also be supported through thought-provoking leadership and careers focused events.

Applications are now open!

If you will have completed your Confirmation of Candidature by 1 July 2023 and are undertaking research in one of the following disciplines (or similar), IMNIS could be of benefit to you.

  • Advanced Manufacturing –research disciplines focused on the research, development and application of advanced machines, manufacturing, and materials to enhance products or processes, and increase competitiveness in the manufacturing sectors.
  • Agriculture and Water Resources –research disciplines focused on increasing the utilisation and uptake of technology, engineering and science in offsetting and reducing pressures to agriculture, water resources and food value chains.
  • Digital Futures –research disciplines focused on the development and application of information and communication technologies, as well as the advancement of digital transformation in industry and society.
  • Energy Resources, Renewables, Minerals & METS (mining equipment, technology and services) – research disciplines focused on the development and application of technology to improve the sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of Australia’s energy supplies, as well as pathways to efficient and sustainable mineral resource management.
  • Health – scientific investigations that seek to improve health and wellbeing through prevention, identification and curing of disease, injury and disability, and lead to improved treatment options and increased knowledge about all factors in human health.
  • Med-Tech/Pharma –research disciplines relevant to the medical technologies, biotechnologies, and pharmaceuticals sectors.

To apply, please discuss with your supervisor, complete this Expression of Interest Form and send it to by no later than Wednesday, 7 June, 2023.

A Program Prospectus has been attached. You can also learn more about IMNIS at

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