Mentorship Program

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” (O.Winfrey)

Objectives & RulesObjectives & rules
Young-ISSNAF mentorship program, open to all ISSNAF affiliates, aims to support junior Italian scientists and scholars in their career choices and professional growth.

Just as Mentor in “Odyssey”, a mentor is not only a guide but also a protector, a friend, a teacher and a sort of parental figure.

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Mentors & Mentees Mentors & Mentees
Mentors serving in this program are all ISSNAF affiliates in the academic ranks either of "full professors" or "associate professor".

Mentees must be ISSNAF affiliates under 40 years of age. To become an ISSNAF Affiliate go to AFFILIATION FORM

If you would like additional information about the Mentorship Program, please write to mentorship@issnaf.org

Apply Apply
1- login to the reserved area using your username and password
2- click on Mentorship Request in the User Menu

Applications will be carefully reviewed by ISSNAF Staff who will try to accommodate Mentees preferences.

For any issue regarding technical issues with the application process please contact web@issnaf.org


Mentorship Lectures

Mario Strazzabosco, is Professor of Gastroenterology at Università Milano-Bicocca and Full Professor at Yale University School of Medicine.

In this mentorship lecture to the Seattle ISSNAF Chapter, Strazzabosco recounts his professional path and emphasizes the relevance of international collaborations.



Planning an effective career path based on good information is crucial to enhance researcher’s excellence and competitiveness.

This career symposium took place during the 2013 ISSNAF annual meeting with the aim of providing advices, tips and suggestions to create a clear and competitive career path for young Italian investigators in North America.

See Chiara Gabbi’s introduction



Dr. Antonello Bonci - Scientific Director
National Institute Drug Abuse, NIH
Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi - Executive Director
American Society for Cell Biology


Dr. Vito Campese - Professor and Chairman
University of Southern California
Dr. Sean Sanders - Program Director
for Outreach Science Career, AAAS





Young ISSNAF is the “network-inside-the-network” of under-40 ISSNAF affiliates, Italian investigators and scholars of all areas of scientific and academic research.

Young-ISSNAF is a platform for promoting career opportunities, a virtual space to share experiences, seek advice and find collaborators.

We are willing to take the challenge of prospering with wisdom, expertise, dignity and knowledge outside of Italy, within a community of Italians, ready to do our part for the growth of our Nation.


Research in Italy

Nanotechnology against Cancer Proposals for Research in Italy

Young ISSNAF gave an important contribution to the overall effort of the Foundation to improve the governance of research in Italy.


Partners & Initiatives


Issa Wiki

ISSA WIKIItalian Scientists & Scholars in America Online Encyclopedia.

A comprehensive overview on Italian intellectual migration, from its origins in the 16th century until this day.

An encyclopedia studying the influence and contribution of Italians on cultural life in the United States and Canada.