What is Global Talent Mentoring™?

What is Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing?

Glob­al Talent Mentor­ing™ (GTM™) is a new, excit­ing online plat­form launch­ing in 2020. The online plat­form will pro­vide excep­tion­al­ly tal­ent­ed and moti­vat­ed youth with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cul­ti­vate their tal­ents in STEMM (sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing, math­e­mat­ics, and med­i­cine).

Through one-on-one and group men­tor­ing, inter­na­tion­al­ly lead­ing experts in STEMM will guide stu­dents on an indi­vid­u­al­ized path to excel­lence.

A dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ is that it will be based on sound, sci­en­tif­ic research prac­tice.

Glob­al Tal­ent Devel­op­ment in STEMM

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ will pro­vide high­ly effec­tive men­tor­ing to tal­ent­ed youth from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and coun­tries as they devel­op their excel­lence in STEMM. With many of the world’s press­ing issues reliant upon dig­i­tal solu­tions, med­ical break­throughs, and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, STEMM experts have nev­er been more rel­e­vant and in demand than right now.

Com­plete­ly inter­net-based, Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ bridges geo­graph­ic dis­tance to con­nect the bright­est young minds with dis­tin­guished researchers, aca­d­e­mics, and pro­fes­sion­als and to build a glob­al hub of tal­ent devel­op­ment and pro­fes­sion­al guid­ance. Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ will be free of charge for all par­tic­i­pants.

Online Men­tor­ing for High STEMM Poten­tials

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ seeks to devel­op excel­lent per­for­mances of tal­ent­ed youth in their field of STEMM through the means of online men­tor­ing. Online men­tor­ing is—with care­ful sci­en­tif­ic implementation—a high­ly effec­tive means of indi­vid­ual sup­port for tal­ent­ed learn­ers.

  • One-on-one men­tor­ing: each par­tic­i­pat­ing mentee will be matched with an indi­vid­ual men­tor, who is an expert in a spe­cif­ic STEMM field.
  • Men­tor­ing pods: two or three pairs of mentees and men­tors will work togeth­er on spe­cif­ic STEMM projects.
  • Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ com­mu­ni­ty: mentees and men­tors will have access to net­work­ing with all par­tic­i­pat­ing mentees and men­tors of the Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ com­mu­ni­ty via mul­ti­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels.
  • Indi­vid­u­al­ized learn­ing path­ways: inter­na­tion­al­ly lead­ing experts in STEMM fields will guide stu­dents on indi­vid­u­al­ized learn­ing path­ways to STEMM excel­lence.

Research-Based Preparation of Global Talent Mentoring™


The Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™ project will con­duct stud­ies in two phas­es: (1) before the start of men­tor­ing and (2) dur­ing the men­tor­ing on the GTM online plat­form.

1. Pre-Men­tor­ing Research (2018 to 2020)

Opti­mal Tal­ent Devel­op­ment in STEMM Fields: Stud­ies on experts’ views on dif­fer­ent sup­port mech­a­nisms (men­tor­ing, enrich­ment pro­grams, etc.) for tal­ent devel­op­ment in STEMM fields will be con­duct­ed. Experts from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, fields (STEMM, tal­ent devel­op­ment, net­work­ing, etc.), and in dif­fer­ent roles (researchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, etc.) will be invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate.

Needs Assess­ment for Best Prac­tice for Men­tor­ing Pro­grams: Poten­tial mentees and men­tors, as well as experts from dif­fer­ent areas (STEMM edu­ca­tion, gift­ed­ness, etc.) will be sur­veyed about their needs, require­ments, and ideas con­cern­ing what they think an ide­al men­tor­ing pro­gram would entail. This is essen­tial dur­ing the pre-men­tor­ing phase so that the research team can design and build an opti­mal men­tor­ing pro­gram.

Opti­mal Online Men­tor­ing (Part A): Exist­ing online men­tor­ing pro­grams will be ana­lyzed to deter­mine what aspects (match­ing cri­te­ria, com­mu­ni­ca­tion behav­ior, etc.) are essen­tial for effec­tive online men­tor­ing process­es.

Opti­mal Online Men­tor­ing (Part B): The ways in which men­tor­ing best works on an online plat­form will be stud­ied. Usabil­i­ty stud­ies, research on online plat­forms, and more will be explored.

2. Research dur­ing Men­tor­ing (2020 and beyond)

As soon as men­tor­ing starts, ongo­ing for­ma­tive eval­u­a­tions will be car­ried out to deter­mine the effec­tive­ness of the pro­gram. For­ma­tive eval­u­a­tion results will be used to make con­tin­u­ous improve­ments to the online plat­form.

Lon­gi­tu­di­nal stud­ies will be con­duct­ed com­par­ing the growth of stu­dents in the men­tor­ing group with stu­dents in a wait-list con­trol group (i.e., those who are wait­ing to be assigned a men­tor) at sev­er­al time points.

In addi­tion, fac­tors con­tribut­ing to men­tor­ing suc­cess will be exam­ined, such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion about STEMM top­ics, qual­i­ty of mentee–mentor rela­tion­ships, and STEMM project involve­ment.

Global Talent Mentoring™ as part of the World Giftedness Center

World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™, spear­head­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, Ger­many, under the guid­ance of Prof. Dr. Hei­drun Stoeger, is one of sev­er­al projects that are part of the vir­tu­al World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter, a larg­er research under­tak­ing that will launch in 2021 .

The World Gift­ed­ness Cen­ter is an endeav­our by the UNESCO-rec­og­nized Ham­dan Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Foun­da­tion for Dis­tin­guished Aca­d­e­m­ic Per­for­mance.


Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stoeger (Project direction)

Prof. Dr. Heidrun Stöger

Dr. Daniel Balestrini (Project coordination)

Dr. Daniel Balestrini

Dr. Julia Steinbach (Project coordination)

Dr. Julia Steinbach

Faisal Ahsan

Faisal Ahsan
  • Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg
  • Depart­ment of School Research, School Devel­op­ment, and School Eval­u­a­tion
  • Con­tact: faisal.ahsan@gtmh.world

Dr. Lars Döhling

Dr. Lars Döhling

Christin Graml, M.A.

Christin Graml, M.A.

Karin Hüttche

Karin Hüttche
  • Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg
  • Depart­ment of School Research, School Devel­op­ment, and School Eval­u­a­tion
  • Con­tact: karin.huettche@gtmh.world

Dr. Linlin Luo

Dr. Linlin Luo

Matthias Mader, M.A.

Matthias Mader, M.A.


Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing™

Uni­ver­sität Regens­burg
Lehrstuhl Schulpäd­a­gogik,
Schul­forschung, Schu­len­twick­lung & Eval­u­a­tion
Uni­ver­sitätsstraße 31
93053 Regens­burg


Legal Disclosure

Glob­al Tal­ent Men­tor­ing is a project of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg and there­fore uses the cen­tral pri­va­cy pol­i­cy of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regens­burg, which you can find here: Data pro­tec­tion pol­i­cy

Infor­ma­tion in accor­dance with sec­tion 5 TMG:

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