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2015 AFS Mentorship Programs Deadline Approaching

Thursday, August 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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Students: Looking for a way to get to know senior folklorists in a relaxed setting at the annual meeting? AFS is accepting applications from currently enrolled students interested in participating in either the Shadowing Program or the Lunch with an Editor for the 2015 Annual Meeting.  Students who have participated in these programs have described their experiences as:

"an incredible opportunity for students to network with senior scholars and gain support for research interests that may not be represented in the faculty of their program”

"an opportunity for those of us who start off as moderately invisible to be seen and addressed in a meaningful way… In this sense, the mentorship program was nothing short of a magical intervention”

"a great opportunity to meet an accomplished scholar of the field of my interest”

1) The Shadowing Program pairs students with established scholars so that each may get to know the other better. Students and their mentors will spend about a half of a day together sometime during the meeting in order 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 meeting; introductions and conversations with the mentor's colleagues; discussion of the student's goals and interests; and personalized advice about the field. Mentees are encouraged to stay in touch with their mentors and continue to consult them beyond the meeting. Students may suggest a potential mentor in their letter of application but should not expect to be paired with someone specifically. Mentors may or may not share the exact interests of applicants; rather, mentors are chosen based on availability, potential overlap of interests, and willingness to work with students. 

Requirements: The program is open to any student who is a member of AFS and who is attending the 2015 annual meeting in Long Beach, California.  The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20.  If accepted, students must commit to the program by doing background research on their mentors and attending the shadowing program in a well-informed manner. Applicants should send a CV along with a one-page letter of inquiry outlining broad professional goals, research interests (if applicable), and what they hope to accomplish by participating in the shadowing program; send materials by email to Diane Tye or Carolyn Ware at or

2) Students may also apply for the Lunch with an Editor. This luncheon, hosted by AFS, allows participants to spend time with Michael Dylan Foster, editor of the Journal of Folklore Research. Spots for this program are very limited and participants will be selected with an eye towards diverse institutional representation. Students may apply for both programs, but will only be accepted to one. Students may send a letter of interest and a CV to Carolyn Ware at

Applications for both programs are due by Tuesday, September 1.

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