Recruiting: APLA Junior-Senior Mentoring

We are now recruiting mentors and mentees for the APLA Junior-Senior Mentor Program!     

Graduate studies, post-graduate pursuits, and anthropological research itself can be isolating. To offer support for our members, the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is starting a mentoring program. 

We invite graduate students, post-docs, and precariously employed junior faculty to apply as Mentees, and we are recruiting anthropologists at all levels and career trajectories to serve as mentors. 

APLA will match mentors and mentees according to overlapping interests and facilitate their initial contact. Participants will then arrange a time to meet remotely.  

While we invite all mentor/mentee pairs to determine whatever is most beneficial for their pairing, we suggest starting with 2 meetings throughout the Spring 2021 semester. Meetings may last about 30-60min., potentially touching upon a range of topics such as research design, fieldwork, funding, professionalization, and job preparation (both within and beyond academia). Mentees may find it helpful to brainstorm an argument, problem-solve a particular issue in one’s fieldwork, or to simply learn from mentors’ experiences with anthropological research, academia, careers beyond academia, and more. 

If you are interested in participating as a mentor OR as a mentee, please fill out this brief (less than 5 minutes!) Google Form at your earliest convenience. While we will match mentors and mentees on a rolling basis, we will do our main matching process in February 2021. If you’d like to be included in this round, please fill out the short Google Form by February 11th. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to match every Mentor with a Mentee right away, but we will keep you updated as work to make the pairings.

Please forward this message widely, and do not hesitate to contact APLA Graduate Student Representative, Rachael Stephens (rstep@upenn.edu), with any questions.

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