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**The application period is now closed**

 About the Program

The 3rd Cohort of the APWiL Mentoring Program provides international and intercultural opportunities for the empowerment, professional growth, and development of aspiring women leaders within APRU. This program matches mentors and mentees from leading research universities of the Asia-Pacific region. Through one-on-one mentorship, as well as seminars and hands-on workshops featuring diverse leaders, participants are able to explore tools and methods for overcoming barriers to women’s leadership. This is a one-year program, starting with the orientation and kick-off in November 2022 to the graduation ceremony in October 2023. Participants are located in all parts of the Asia Pacific Rim. 

In particular, the program intends to: 

  • Grow the pipeline of aspiring women leaders within APRU.
  • Identify professional opportunities for growth and skills development of APRU aspiring women leaders. 
  • Increase awareness of challenges that aspiring women leaders face within the region. 
  • Connect senior leaders at APRU institutions with emerging women leaders to create an effective network and share successful strategies. 
  • Introduce global and intercultural dimensions to leaders across the APRU network and beyond. 
  • Advance ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of participants’ institutions. 

Participants in the program can expect to participate in: 

Global Initiatives will sponsor two faculty members (1 mentor and 1 mentee) to participate in the program and fund their attendance at the end of the year ceremony. 

Eligibility Requirements for Mentors:

  • Mentors must be from a participating institution and have at least 10 years of academic and administrative leadership experience. 
  • Mentors of any gender are welcome to participate. 
  • Mentors must be senior scholars or leaders including professors, emeritus, endowed, distinguished, university, clinical, research. 
  • Mentors must be committed to supporting the growth of aspiring women leaders at APRU institutions. 
  • Mentors must have the ability to allocate time to their mentee on a regular basis. 
  • Mentors should be able to identify specific skillsets or areas that they can offer to help a mentee. Note that it is not guaranteed that the mentee and mentor are in the same academic field. While this is a factor that is considered in the matching process, many mentees are interested in developing skills as a leader that transcend academic fields so mentors will find that they will have a wealth of knowledge to share as a leader if they are not matched with someone in their field.
  • Mentors should be committed to attending the virtual workshops and seminars. 

More information for potential mentors can be found here

Eligibility Requirements for Mentees:

  • Mentees should identify as women (meaning cisgender, transgender, gender expansive, and intersex individuals who identify as women). 
  • Mentees must be faculty associated with one of the participating member institutions. 
  • Mentees must have an academic appointment with at least five years and a maximum seven years of experience. Post docs, graduate students, and non-academic staff are not eligible to participate at this time. 
  • Mentees should be open and eager to share and learn from others. 
  • Mentees should be highly motivated to improve themselves and to achieve professional success. 
  • Mentees should be interested in enhancing leadership skills. 
  • Mentees should be committed to driving their mentoring relationship and attending the virtual workshops and seminars. 
  • Mentees should be able to articulate their desired outcomes. 
  • Mentees should be open to feedback and learning. 
  • Mentees should have the ability to identify achievable goals and an action plan within the 12-month span of the program.  

More information for potential mentees can be found here. 

Application Requirements:

For Mentors:

  • Professional bio (250 words)
  • Headshot (jpg or png file)
  • A statement indicating relevant mentoring and leadership experiences as well as areas of expertise that may be relevant to a mentee as it pertains to professional development. 

For Mentees:

  • Professional bio (250 words) 
  • Headshot (jpg or png file) 
  • A statement answering: 
    • Why would you like to participate in the program? 
    • What do you hope to learn from your mentor? 
    • What are 1-2 goals you would like to accomplish during your participation in the program? 
    • Which areas/topics would you like to discuss with your mentor? 

Apply Today!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please submit your application by Monday, August 1 to be nominated to the Asia Pacific Women in Leadership Mentorship Program!



  • August 1, 2022: Mentor and Mentee Application Deadline 
  • August 5, 2022: Mentor and Mentee Nomination Deadline to Submit to APRU
  • August 19, 2022: Mentor and Mentee Matching Survey Deadline 
  • October 10, 2022: Announcement of Mentorship Pairs Week of October 10, 2022 
  • November 8, 2002: Orientation (5pm PST) / November 9, 2022 (9am Hong Kong Time [HKT]) 
  • December 2022: Mentoring Agreement and Pre-Assessments December 2022 
  • December 6, 2022, 5 pm PST / December 7, 2022, 9 am: Workshop/seminar HKT 
  • International Women’s Day seminar March 7, 2023, 5 pm PST / March 8, 2023, 9 am HKT 
  • April 2023: Mid-program Survey and Assessment 
  • May 9, 2023, 6 pm PDT / May 10, 2023, 9 am HKT : Skill-building Workshop 
  • July 11, 2023, 6 pm PDT / July 12, 2023, 9 am HKT: Informal Networking  
  • October 2023: Graduation Ceremony and End of Year Final Reviews 

Please note dates and times are subject to change. Please refer to the program's website for current information.

More Information:

About the Association of Pacific Rim Universities- As a a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia, and Australasia, APRU brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on practical solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. We leverage our members' collective education and research capabilities into the international public policy process. In the post-pandemic era, our strategic priorities focus on: providing a neutral platform for high-level policy dialogue, taking action on climate change, and supporting diversity, inclusion and minorities. APRU's primary activities support these strategic priorities focusing on critical areas such as disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, indigenous knowledge, virtual student exchange, e-sports, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence, waste management, and more. View more at

About the Asia Pacific Women in Leadership Program (APWiL)The program aims to drive change in gender equality while taking into account the various contexts in which this pursuit for gender equity takes place across APRU member universities. Full program details are available at the APWiL Mentoring Program

Participating Institutions 

  • Keio University (Japan) 
  • Korea University (Korea) 
  • Kyushu University (Japan) 
  • Monash University (Australia) 
  • Nagoya University (Japan)
  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 
  • National Taiwan University (Chinese Taipei) 
  • National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • Osaka University (Japan) 
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • The Australian National University (Australia) 
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) 
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong SAR) 
  • The University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • The University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • The University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • The University of Sydney (Australia) 
  • Universiti Malaya (Malaysia) 
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (U.S.A.) 
  • University of Oregon (U.S.A.) 
  • University of Southern California (US.A.) 
  • University of the Philippines (Philippines) 
  • University of New South Wales Sydney (Australia)