Rural NEET Youth Mentoring Program

Rural NEET Youth Mentoring Program

What is the RNYN mentoring scheme?

The mentoring scheme aims to support Early Career Investigators (ECI), i.e. researchers up to 8 years after their PhD completion) as well as PhD students in developing research proposals on rural NEETs related topics. Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) mentors and mentees participation in the mentoring scheme will be given priority. ITC countries consist of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Republic of Serbia.

The mentoring scheme is intended to contribute, therefore, to develop and retain productive, professional researchers, who can reach out to the rural areas and capture the needs of youth and their specific risks and opportunities in these regions.
As such, the primary focus of the program is mentoring young researchers, supporting them in the preparation of multidisciplinary research projects, by developing their interest for relevant rural topics. The focus of the program is to build upon group and peer-to-peer mentoring mechanisms. The action members will be involved in the mentoring program, to make sure that the work group results feed into the mentoring scheme, while profiting from their knowledge and experience to develop the research topics.

See the webinar with information about our Mentoring program

Webinar Chapters

00:00 – [Mentoring Program Webinar]
07:48 – [Mentoring Program Target groups]
13:43 – [Interdisciplinary Mentor teams]
15:28 – [Mentees for Rural NEET Youth Network]
17:48 – [Topics for mentoring proposals]
20:00 – [Mentors selection]
22:22 – [Mentees selection]
23:33 – [Mentoring Program Timeline 12months]
31:56 – [Q&A Time]

Mentoring Program Coordination Team

Which are our 2 Mentoring Groups?

The mentoring program “NEETs and PES” is finalized to orient young researchers (mentees) to study NEETs and the possible actions that could help them to exit from this status, first of all those connected with the Public Employment Offices (PES).
NEETs are mainly young people which after completing education fail in unemployment or inactivity. The reasons for this condition are manifold, but essentially, when they complete studies, they lack of job experience and of experience in job search. Therefore, it is important to study the mechanisms which will contribute to improve their employability, helping them to acquire the skills they lack and not giving up.
Studying NEETs requires an interdisciplinary approach, based both on qualitative and quantitative research and involving: sociology, education, economy and statistics. As it is a phenomenon that needs, besides a theoretical approach, an applied one, in our mentoring program we aim to involve and study how the Public Employment Services (PES) may help young people in job search, both if living in rural and in urban areas. This involvement will guarantee a direct channel to study and interact with NEETs.

MORE INFO ABOUT “NEETs and PES Mentoring Group”

The mentoring program “Rural Youth Participation” will support PhD students and Early Careers Researchers (ECRs) who want to develop interdisciplinary research proposals focusing on the processes, factors, challenges and opportunities for young people’s participation in rural areas. Existing literature has not yet sufficiently examined the impact of spatial inequalities on youth participation, nor how these disparities may interact with other inequalities, particularly in a NEET situation. By focusing on the participation of young people in rural areas, this mentoring program will help to build up research capacity on rural youth at the European level.

MORE INFO ABOUT “Rural Youth Participation Mentoring Group”

CALL FOR MENTEES (Open until 31st October 2021 15th November 2021)



Call for Mentors – March 2021

  • Does your research focus on rural youths or rural development?
  • Do you want to increase the international visibility of your research?
  • Would you like to connect with a team of skillful and motivated young researchers that can join you to develop a long-term research agenda?


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