DevNet Mentorship Programme

Supporting Pacific Island Researchers and Promoting Research Collaboration

DevNet has developed a Mentorship Programme in response to the call for the provision of targeted support to Pacific Researchers, and in keeping with the organisation’s outcome to promote research collaborations.

The Programme is being designed to pair postgraduate, early and mid-career researchers in the Pacific Islands (mentees) with experienced researchers in the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (mentors). Currently, all mentees are recipients of DevNet’s Pacific Development Research Write-Up Grants who have indicated an interest in working with a mentor.

The Objective

All mentorship pairings are designed around the achievement of agreed research or publication outputs. The objective of the mentorship is to support mentees to achieve goal success. This may be the publication of a research article or the preparation of a conference paper.

The inaugural group of mentees were recipients of DevNet’s Pacific Research Write-up Grants. Mentorship pairings were designed to support mentees to complete their manuscripts for publication.


We are always looking for potential mentors.

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, send us an email at

Our mentors are experts in their field who are looking to share their insights, knowledge and experience; provide advice, guidance and critical feedback; and generally support the development of their assigned mentee towards the achievement of agreed goals.

At our virtual Mentorship Programme initiation session on February 5, 2022, mentees and mentors came together to talk about their mentorship goals and expectations with some of the members of the DevNet Steering Committee.