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Im Rahmen des CIRCE Fellowship-Programms werden Mentor*innen gesucht, die Forscher*innen, Kreative, Praktiker*innen und Unternehmer*innen aus der europäischen Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft bei der Realisierung ihrer Modellprojekte unterstützen. Diese Mentor*innen spielen eine entscheidende Rolle bei der Umsetzung von Wissen und Forschung in kreative und unternehmerische Praxis.

In einem europaweiten Aufruf suchen wir aktuell nach Mentor*innen, weshalb die nachfolgenden Informationen auf Englisch zur Verfügung stehen. Sobald unsere Mentor*innen feststehen, können Sie sich auch auf Deutsch über sie informieren.

Starting in June 1st 2024, the „CIRCE Fellowships – Creative Impact in Practice“ will support 10 pilot projects rooted in or associated with the CCE, led by practitioners and entrepreneurs residing in Europe, whose innovative and creative approaches have a positive impact on society. Each pilot project is committed to innovating on the following topics:

  • Communities & Care: Promoting empowerment of communities, fostering inclusion and social justice for marginalised people/individuals, contributing to a more inclusive CCE but also to a more just world in general.
  • Sustainability & Environment: Responding to climate crisis and biodiversity loss through sustainable practices within and through CCE.
  • Democracy & Participation: Enhancing democratic processes and preserving, bolstering, and safeguarding democratic principles, institutions and practices in contemporary societies.

Fellows must ensure their pilot projects are practically focused, applying research to produce tangible outcomes. This could mean experimenting with research-based ideas or suggestions in entrepreneurial ways, such as enhancing services, methods, processes, or products. Alternatively, it might involve refining existing solutions. In either case, each project should have a profound social impact, stemming from creative practices aimed at serving public purposes and contributing to a better society.

To aid in these tasks, CIRCE offers a mentoring programme to support its fellows, currently seeking a total of four mentors. Given that the fellows‘ pilot projects encompass both research and practical/entrepreneurial components, we’re seeking mentors who specialise in at least one or ideally both of these areas. Each fellow will be matched with a duo of two mentors, ensuring they receive comprehensive guidance in their research and practical or entrepreneurial endeavors.

The mentoring programme lasts from June 1st to October 31st 2024.

CIRCE’s Fellowship Programme is an initiative by u-institut GmbH & Co. KG and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.

As we are supported by public funds, we are obligated to follow a strict tender procedure. The awarding of successful mentors occurs within the framework of German public procurement law.

Curious about this opportunity? Join our mentoring programme and share your knowledge with passionate individuals working to create positive change.

  • Residents of one of the 46 countries of the Council of Europe or Kosovo
  • Experienced mentors OR experienced researchers / entrepreneurs / professionals in the CCE, who are keen to embrace a mentorship role
  • Some expertise in at least one of the following four topics:
    1.
    Communities & Care: Promoting empowerment of communities, fostering inclusion and social justice for marginalised people/individuals, contributing to a more inclusive CCE but also to a more just world in general.
    2.
    Sustainability & Environment: Responding to climate crisis and biodiversity loss through sustainable practices within and through CCE.
    3.
    Democracy and Participation: Enhancing democratic processes and preserving, bolstering, and safeguarding democratic principles, institutions and practices in contemporary societies.
    4.
    CCE: Knowledge and expertise as a practitioner or an entrepreneur in the CCE

We want to encourage people from the BIPoC communities, people with a migrant biography, people from national and ethnic minorities, people from the LGBTQIA+ community and people with disabilities to apply.

  • Adequate compensation: CIRCE compensates mentors with the respective fees they offer.
  • Empower others: Guide ambitious persons and creative endeavors as they develop and grow.
  • Build the creative impact sector: Contribute to a network of European impact professionals, strengthening the force for positive change.
  • Become a better leader: Gain valuable mentoring experience while developing your own leadership skills in a supportive community.
  • Connect with like-minded peers: Join a community of dedicated impact professionals enthusiastic about sharing insights and learning from each other’s experiences, both successes and challenges.
  • Individual mentoring sessions: Each mentor will oversee five fellows. Mentors are expected to commit one hour per month for each fellow. In total, this amounts to 5 hours of mentoring per mentee over the course of the project, culminating in 25 hours of mentoring for all assigned mentees for the five month duration of the mentoring programme.
  • Participation in one peer-learning session: In addition, each mentor is required to take part in one peer-learning session (online) for 1 ½ hours. This session is organized and led by two fellows under the supervision of the same mentor. During these sessions, the fellows will showcase their projects and engage in discussions with other fellows. The mentor’s role in these sessions is to actively participate in the discussions, offering insights and guidance.
  • Participation in Fellow Summit I and II: All mentors are expected to attend both Fellow Summit I and II in June 26th/27th and October 9th/10th in Berlin. If necessary, CIRCE will commission the mentors to conduct an additional on-site workshop and provide additional compensation for this task.
  • Participation in survey/interview: Participation in surveys and interviews with the CIRCE team to support our ongoing learning and contribute to the growing discussion about creative impact
  • CV with max. three pages referencing past projects related to your mentoring and the topic area chosen
  • Concept of max. 1 ½  pages without attachments describing your own mentoring approach with regard to:
    1.
    Self-conception of mentorship addressing the following aspects: What is your understanding of the role of a mentor? What objectives do you priorities in your mentorship approach? Which aspects matter most for you, when mentoring practitioners and entrepreneurs? How do you deal with failures?
    2.
    Mentorship within the Fellowship Programme specifying on which mentoring role (research mentor, creative mentor, both) and topic areas among the four provided you feel most aligned. Also an elaboration of your thoughts on the mentoring needs of the target group.
  • Fee structure detailing:
    1.
    Total costs for 25 hours of mentoring effort.
    2.
    Total costs for participating in one peer-learning session (online) for 1 ½ hours
    3.
    Total costs for delivering a workshop in Berlin
    4.
    Total costs for attending both on-site events in Berlin (travel expenses included)

All required documents must be submitted in English.

The award criteria are determined by the quality of the concept, the strength of references, and the competitiveness of the price.

Further information will be available in the specifications and tender documents. These will be available during the application phase on the DTVP portal, starting on April 16th.

Are you interested in joining the CIRCE community as a mentor? Then we are looking forward hearing from you!

The CIRCE mentoring programme has a two-stage application process with an initial pre-registration followed by an application procedure.

Step 1: The pre-registration phase (expression of interest) takes place from March 20th to April 16th, 2024 at 1:00 pm CET. You must pre-register during this period in order to gain access to the application portal. If you are interested in participating, please register using the provided form.

Step 2: The application procedure is carried out on the dedicated application portal DTVP. The portal opens from April 16th to May 13th, 2024, 1:00 p.m. After the end of the pre-registration, you will receive an email with a link for DTVP. If you do not receive an email on the 16th of April, please check your spam folder.

To complete your submission through DTVP, you need to submit your CV and concept. We will provide support for accessing and using DTVP in the form of tutorials before the application starts. The tender documents and specifications will be accessible via DTVP for candidates who pre-register.

For more details on the Fellowship Programme, please refer to the fellowship guideline.