What does a Project Access mentor do?
Our mentor are current university students or recent graduates who will help you navigate the application process. At the start of your mentorship you and your mentor will discuss what you most want their help with based on a range of modules sent out by Project Access, and from there you’ll be able to decide what to prioritise. Apart from helping with different parts of the application, a mentor is also there to give you extra encouragement when it all seems too far away. They've been there too, so they know what you're going through!
How does it work?
You apply through the form below, and then we check whether you are eligible. If so, we’ll have a search through our database for a suitable mentor match for you. We base this on things like which course you want to study, the country you come from, and where you want to study.
Time and communication
Project Access mentors are asked to give five hours of their time to each of the applicants that they help. All mentoring is done online. To make the most out of your mentor’s time we recommend that you use online calls to communicate, as this is a quicker way to relay information and advice than to write everything down, but this is up to you and your mentor to decide depending on both of your preferences at the start of the mentorship.
When you are matched, your mentor is sent a set of modules to help guide your calls. These cover topics like personal statement writing, mock interviews, and test preparation. In the first call, you and your mentor will go through and decide which topics you are most interested in receiving help with.
Dos and don’ts
Your mentor will be able to answer questions about the application process for which you cannot find the answer yourself. You should use this as an opportunity to get some of the informal advice that is otherwise hard to find online. You should not use a mentor as a substitute for a search engine. Instead, make sure you have found out everything you can online first so that you and your mentor can spend time on other things - for example, how to tackle interview preparation or deal with the emotional stress of applying. A good place to start is by reading through our Curriculum.
Who can apply to get a mentor?
Project Access serves bright students from underrepresented backgrounds. Our requirements for who we help vary depending on which country you're applying from, but don't let that put you off. The countries we focus on can be found here. If you’re not from one of those countries you can still apply, but we have fewer mentorship places available. Regardless, fill in the form below and we'll get back to you to let you know if you're eligible!
If you’re not eligible for a mentor, we’ve created a large base of resources for you to use instead. These are open to everyone – regardless of background or academic qualifications. Check out our ‘for applicants’ tab above for all the resources we produce, and if you’re applying to universities in the UK make sure to sign up to our UK application Journey, which takes you through every step of the application.
Which universities do we focus on?
At the moment we focus on the following universities.
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
Let’s get started!
The application for a mentor should take you about 15 minutes. It will ask what subject you’re most likely to study and what university you’re interested in, as well as what you’re passionate about, so it’s important that you’ve done some thinking about these things beforehand. If you’re not sure what you want to study, make sure you have a small number that you’re choosing between.
When we have found you a match in our database, we will connect you with one of our amazing mentors!