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Apply Now to Meet a Mentor at 2019 AFS Annual Meeting

Thursday, August 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson

Calling all students, recent graduates, and new professionals!  

Whose research and writings have you been reading?

Whose work informs your love of folklore and area of specialization?

What folklore focus excites you?

Would you like an opportunity to be mentored during the annual meeting by an established folklorist?

Then register for the AFS Mentoring Program and spend one-on-one time with a folklorist at the annual meeting. Any students, recent graduates, or new professionals who are members of AFS, and who will attend the 2019 annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, may apply to the program.

Mentees and their mentors spend a minimum of a half-day together (the time you will spend together does not have to be only one day, it could be divided throughout the conference) during the meeting to make connections and exchange ideas. Proposed activities are at the mentor’s discretion, but potentially include attending meeting sessions together, a breakfast, coffee, or lunch date, introductions and conversations with other scholars the mentor knows, discussion of the mentee’s goals and interests, and personalized advice about the field. Mentees are encouraged to stay in touch with their mentors as a resource beyond the meeting.

Mentees may suggest a potential mentor(s) in their letter of application if they wish and are urged to include specific information on their area(s) of interest. While the Mentoring Committee will make every effort to connect mentees with their mentor request, mentors are chosen based on availability and potential overlap of interests (though the overlap is not always exact). Thus, mentees may not be paired with their preferred mentor. However, all mentors volunteer to serve and possess a strong willingness to connect with mentees.

If you are a folklore professional who is willing to be a mentor, please visit the call for mentors.


Application Process:

Applicants should send a one-page letter of inquiry outlining broad professional goals, research interests (if applicable), and what they hope to accomplish by participating in the mentoring program, along with a CV to Wanda G. Addison at

The deadline for letters of inquiry is Friday, August 16.


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