Project Access is an international social enterprise that fights inequality in higher education by widening access to top universities. We help underprivileged students apply for, gain admission to and succeed at top universities – for students, by students and forever free of charge.
 
Become a mentor
 
 
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What does a mentor do?

In our peer-to-peer mentor programme we match talented applicants from underrepresented backgrounds with current university students so that you can help them with the application. As a mentor, you’ll provide your mentees with encouragement, application feedback and advice throughout the application process. We encourage applicants to do as much reading as possible and provide them with a range of resources to go through beforehand so that your mentee gets all the basic information outside the mentorship, leaving you 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 – we think that’s worth doing!

As a mentor, you can also choose to get engaged in other ways beyond this, and sign up to give talks and doing outreach workshops to inspire and support underprivileged students applying for 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 here.

The countries we have teams in can be found here. If you’re not from one of those countries you can still apply to be a mentor, but we don’t have outreach mechanisms for finding students in your country, so we can’t guarantee that you 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 here.

 
 

How does it work?

Our model is based on the idea that we need a larger group of mentors than mentees at any given time so that we can provide as good a match as possible. The downside of this is that it may take a while before you get a mentee, but on the plus side, when you are matched it will be because we’ve found someone who is looking to do something very similar to what you’re doing!

When you are matched we’ll send you a range of modules to guide your conversations with your mentee. You’ll be able to choose which ones are most relevant to your mentee in your first call. Please note that you don’t have to fill out the full modules during the calls — the fields are optional for those who like to take notes — just make sure you’ve hit submit at the bottom so we can log your session.

Which universities do we focus on?

At the moment we focus on the following universities. The reason we are eager to maintain a clear focus is that it takes us a while to build up mentor communities at these universities and to run events to keep in touch with our mentors.

UK universities: 
Cambridge University
Durham University
Imperial College London
King’s College London
London School of Economics and Political Science
Oxford University
University College London

US universities: 
Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University 
Princeton University
Stanford University
UC Berkeley
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University

Let’s apply!

You can apply to become a mentor at the bottom of this page. 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’ve recently graduated you can send us a picture of your alumni card, admissions letter, or former student card to this address access@projectaccess.co to confirm your university. We’ll then send out information about our online training, which takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you’re from the UK, you’ll need to complete a more comprehensive training. More information about those can be found here.