- A Mentor’s work with a Woodrow Wilson Fellow involves assisting the Fellow in their learning process about budgeting their funds and involves the proper disbursement of his or her award funds
- Students must present the details of their anticipated expenses to their Mentor for approval
- Mentors must make sure a Fellow’s expenses are directly related to his or her independent research
- Authorization of expenses in writing is required before payment can be arranged for
- If there are any expenditures that the Mentor believes are not appropriate, it is the Mentor’s role to withhold approval of these expenditures. The Woodrow Wilson Program ultimately relies on the judgment of Mentors as to which expenses are justified and which are not.
Mentors have a great deal of discretion in approving or disapproving projects proposed by Woodrow Wilson Fellows. If a Mentor believes the proposed project is not worthy of support, or that the Fellow should first take classes or do background reading before embarking on the project, it is the Mentor’s role to say so. The Woodrow Wilson Program ultimately relies on the judgment of Mentors as to which projects are justified and which are not.
Advice and Counseling:
- A Fellow’s first source of problem resolution (through the course of his or her research) is their Mentor. Mentors unable to maintain a close and open connection with the Fellow they’re advising should contact the WWP Administrator.
- A Mentor must agree to meet with their Fellow at least once a semester
- Maintained communication about whereabouts (both of the Mentor and Fellow) during intersession, summer, sabbaticals, and research trips is key as most Fellows concentrate on their research during Intersession and over the summer
- A Mentor is asked to give careful guidance and support in context of Fellow’s relative inexperience as a researcher