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Become an Amos Bursary Mentor

We are empowering talented British young people of African and Caribbean heritage to have the opportunity to excel in education and beyond

Are you ready to support our future leaders?

Amos Bursary mentors support our young people in preparing to enter their chosen careers. They raise aspirations, improve self-confidence and champion excellence. Join us and make a difference for the next generation of leaders.

We are looking for people with:

  • A positive approachable, non-judgemental and patient attitude towards young people
  • A desire to help the career development of young people
  • Good communication skills and a willingness to strengthen listening and facilitation skills
  • A respectful attitude towards people of different educational, economic, cultural and racial backgrounds
  • An ability to handle personal information sensitively

As part of the application and induction process you will:

  • Complete an enhanced DBS check
  • Undertake our bespoke mentor training programme
  • Attend an introductory event to meet potential mentees, current students and alumni
  • Be matched with a student and begin your mentorship

I am really proud of my involvement with The Amos Bursary. It provides a clear pathway to students from African and Caribbean backgrounds and ensures pupils have the optimum environment to reach their full potential.

> John Casey, President and Managing Director of CNBC International

What does an Amos Bursary mentor do?

Peer and professional mentors are vital to the Amos Bursary. Our students need mentors who they can trust to offer advice, introduce alternatives, challenge, motivate and encourage them to follow their dreams.

Once you become a mentor you will be paired with one of our students. The aim is to develop a long-term, supportive, non-judgmental relationship of trust. To achieve this we ask that you commit to a minimum of 18 months, however typically our mentors stay with their students for the duration of the five-year programme.

Don’t worry we’ll be there to help. You will have access to our Mentoring Coordinator who will support you as you establish your mentor/mentee relationship where the student can explore and realise their career aspirations. 

Your role as a mentor will involve:

Building a Relationship

that is open and honest


and reflection

Using Your Professional Skills

and experience to guide

Being a Sounding Board

to enable self-directed-development

Attending Networking Events

to engage with the Amos Bursary Community

Undertaking Mentor Training & Support

provided by the Amos Bursary Team

Case studies

Tyreese Hines

AB Scholar, 2016 Cohort, MSc Biological Science


Having Donald as my mentor has provided a wealth of knowledge, support and guidance.

From day one, he provided active support with applications for university, internships, PhDs and jobs. When we talk, he inspires me with his passion for immunology, which is part of the reason why I want to go into immunology.

Donald is an amazingly positive role model and has massively helped my growth and learning opportunities.

Dr Donald Palmer

Professor of Immunology, Royal Veterinary College


I have found being a mentor a highly rewarding and enriching experience. It is about listening and sharing, but moreover, it’s about empowering the individual to fulfil their potential.

It is not just about imparting information and knowledge, but you also grow as an individual and when they shine, some of the light comes back to you. Or as Nelson Mandela put it, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

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