Call for Applications: IFBA Global Mentorship Program

Call for Applications: IFBA Global Mentorship Program

The IFBA is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2023 Global Mentorship Program.

The IFBA Global Mentorship Program is a worldwide initiative to support and sustain the international biosafety and biosecurity community.

Mentors and Mentees are brought together to discuss regional/global issues pertaining to biosafety, biosecurity, and biorisk management.

Mentees receive guidance in obtaining IFBA Professional Certifications and other career developing skills, and mentors may put their experience towards renewing their existing IFBA Professional Certifications.

Entering into its third official program cycle, the program has achieved considerable outcomes and positive reputation as it builds global biosafety and biosecurity capacity.

Following extensive feedback from past participants, as well as consideration of emerging priorities across the global biosafety and biosecurity landscape, selected changes to the program’s content and delivery have been implemented for 2023 to ensure maximized program impact and sustainability.

IFBA Global Mentors will remain as invaluable technical resources for mentees in their region, with at least two IFBA Professional Certifications.

They will help contribute to an online mentorship community by collaborating with other mentors and mentees, writing short technical briefs about foundational and emerging topics in global biosafety and biosecurity, as well as guiding their mentees through group projects or papers throughout the program cycle.

To Apply, Global Mentors Must Have the Following:

  • At least two (2) IFBA Professional

  • An up-to-date copy of their professional CV;

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from an employer, supervisor, or similar; and,

  • A completed IFBA Global Mentor application, available here.

    To Apply, Global Mentees Must Have the Following:

  • An up-to-date copy of their professional CV;

  • One (1) letter of recommendation from an employer, supervisor, or similar; and,

  • A completed IFBA Global Mentee application, available here.

    (IFBA Mentee applicants do not need to have an IFBA Professional Certification to apply).

    Applications for IFBA Global Mentors and IFBA Global Mentees are due no later than December 7th, 2022.

    If you have any questions regarding the program and its applications, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Norlock, IFBA Program Officer, directly at

    The IFBA is grateful for the funding support provided by the Weapons Threat Reduction Program of Global Affairs Canada for this project.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see: Call for Applications: IFBA Global Mentorship Program

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