We are glad that you are interested in donating your time to help unlock top universities for underprivileged students! If you choose to sign up for the programme, you will be paired with an applicant who wants to study a similar subject to yours, most likely at the same university. Your most important task will be to provide a realistic sense of what life at university feels like and to ensure that they are prepared for making a strong application. We expect you to spend about one hour per month per applicant – you may choose to do more than this, but we recommend that you set the expectations clearly at the very beginning.
Still interested? Register as a mentor now!
What does a mentor do?
In our peer-to-peer mentoring program we match talented applicants from underrepresented backgrounds with current university students who can help them with the application. Mentors provide applicants with encouragement, application feedback and advice throughout the application process. We encourage applicants to do as much reading as possible and we give them a range of resources to go through beforehand, leaving mentors to focus on the things that can’t be learned through reading. It’s a minimal time commitment that can make a real impact on someone’s future!
As a mentor, you can also choose to get engaged in other ways beyond this - give talks and hold outreach workshops to inspire underprivileged high school students to apply to top universities. We also have a large volunteer community that runs all our operations and growth strategy, so if you’re super keen and looking for an extracurricular in a budding startup, have a read about who we are.
We have country teams all around the world - you can find the list here. If you’re not from one of those countries, you can still apply to be a mentor, but we don’t have outreach programs for finding students there, so we can’t guarantee that you’ll get a mentee from your country. If you think we should be in your country, you can have a look at our requirements for setting up a Project Access country team here.
Which universities do we focus on?
At the moment we focus on the universities listed below. We want to maintain a clear focus to build up on-campus communities and run events to keep in touch with our mentors.
Imperial College London
King’s College London
London School of Economics and Political Science
University College London
University of Warwick
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
University of Pennsylvania
Become a Project Access Mentor!
To become a mentor, click on the button below. To make sure we have all the information you need, make sure you have your university email so that we can confirm that you go to the university you’ve entered. If you recently graduated, you can send us a picture of your alumni card, admissions letter, or former student card to email@example.com to confirm your university. If you’re from the UK, you’ll need to complete a comprehensive training. More information about those can be found here.