Matching Process

  • Participants will be paired based on their career interests and goals.
  • Mentors and mentees will submit applications for consideration.
  • A subcommittee made up of 3 people (at least 2 from the NAAFE Board) will pair the applicants.
  • Efforts will be made to promote applications from diverse backgrounds, promoting inclusivity and a broad exchange of ideas.


  • The mentor/mentee relationship will last ~one year, beginning in March of an even-numbered calendar year and culminating at the NAAFE biennial Forum in the following year (typically March or May).

Communication Methods

  • Mentors and mentees are expected to meet ~quarterly via video calls or phone calls. Email communication should be used primarily for planning purposes and pre- or post-meeting communication.
  • Mentors and mentees will have flexibility to choose their preferred communication methods, however, it is recommended the primary form of communication will be oral rather than written.

Guidance Areas

  • Mentors will provide guidance in publication strategies, networking skills and resources, and career development.
  • Mentors will also emphasize any leadership opportunities within NAAFE and the importance of professional associations in their career development.

Professional Development & Networking Events

  • The program will culminate in a dinner at the corresponding NAAFE biennial Forum for mentors and mentees.
  • There will be funds available for partial attendance support for all mentees at the corresponding NAAFE biennial Forum.
  • Mentors will introduce their mentee to other researchers at the opening reception of the biennial Forum.

Evaluation & Feedback

  • Mentees and mentors will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the program’s effectiveness, which the subcommittee will use to enhance and refine the program for future cohorts.