Registered:Charity No. 1184476


ADAN-UK is a charity registered by the Charity Commission for England and Wales

ADAN-UK Mentorship scheme

ADAN-UK is devoted to ensuring the professional growth of academics of African origin is supported and developed. The scheme provides an environment to cultivate mentor-mentee relationships between doctoral researchers/early academics with more experienced academics/researchers across universities in the UK, and in the African Continent.

About the scheme
  • Voluntary
  • Confidential
  • Guided by mutual trust and respect, and
  • Based on common agreed objectives that meets the mentee’s needs.
Becoming a Mentor

Mentors and mentees are able to join the scheme on a rolling basis. If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more, please email

Terms of reference

Mentors are expected to play support and advisory roles – they act as role-models and as a resource. Mentors are NOT a replacement for supervisors in cases where mentees are doctoral researchers. The role of the mentees’ academic supervisors must be respected and not contended by the mentor.


We aim to optimise the matching of mentors and mentees but ask all parties to recognise that we are not responsible for specific mentor-mentee arrangements. We cannot accept accountability for the success or failure of PhD projects or collaborative research that involve mentoring arrangements. We are also in no way responsible for the conduct of parties involved in the scheme, who are representatives of their academic affiliations. We would however expect any inappropriate behaviour to be reported to ADAN without delay. Mentors are all working on a voluntary basis and this should be respected.