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2015 AFS Mentorship Programs

AFS Board Mentoring Program Committee is accepting applications from currently enrolled student members of AFS interested in the following opportunities:


The Shadowing program pairs students with established scholars so that each may get to know the other better, exchange ideas, and make connections. 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 students goals and interests, and personalized advice about the field. It is encouraged, but not required, that mentees stay in touch with their mentors and continue to use them as a resource beyond the meeting. Students may suggest a potential mentor in their letter of application if they wish 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 availability, potential overlap of interests, and willingness to work with students.

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of twenty. Mentors will commit the equivalent of a half-day; if accepted, students must commit to the program by doing background research on their mentor and attending the shadowing program in a well-informed manner.

Lunch with an Editor

A selected number of students are invited to attend a luncheon, hosted by AFS, with the editor of a major folklore journal. Spots for this program are very limited and participants will be selected with an eye towards diverse institutional representation.

How to Apply

The mentoring program is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is a member of AFS and who is attending the 2015 annual meeting in Long Beach, California.

Students may apply for both Shadowing and Lunch with an Editor, but will only be accepted to one. Applicants should submit a CV and 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.

Send applications by email by August 1 to Diane Tye,, or Carolyn Ware,

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