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Call to Participate: ISTR 2017- 2018 Mentoring Program

Tuesday, May 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Wehrlin
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Call for Participation for the ISTR Mentoring Program: 2017- 2018

ISTR’s Mentoring Program draws naturally from the friendliness and collegiality of its members, and is designed to provide students with career, publishing, and funding advice and professional and networking development. Last year 59 experienced scholars and professionals provided occasional guidance to 59 PhD students and junior faculty as a supplement to their formal academic advisors. 

We hope you will consider participating this year from June 2017 through May 2018. All mentors and mentees must be members of ISTR.  Past participants are welcome to join the program again. Program details are provided below.


Mid-career or senior scholars, as well as professionals from outside the academy.


Graduate students at any stage of their careers or post-graduates and junior faculty within five years of receipt of their terminal graduate degree (including PhD, MA, and JD).

How it Works

•Mentors and mentees submit a short statement of interest to ISTR and are subsequently matched by ISTR’s executive director based on mutual interests.

•This one-year mentoring relationship is intended for June 2017 to May 2018.

•Mentors and mentees are expected to have 3-4 conversations over the course of a year, either electronically or in person, and will include an exchange of experiences and advice.  More regular communication or additional engagement is at the discretion of the mentor. ISTR will provide periodic reminders to maintain communication, however mentees are expected to initiate communication with the mentor.

•Mentors are not substitutes for the mentees’ formal supervisors or advisors.  While reading of dissertation chapters or grant proposals is helpful to every junior scholar, this program defers that labor to the mentee’s local networks. No commitment to reading is required of the mentor in ISTR’s mentoring program.

•Instead, mentoring conversations should focus on career advice, professional advancement, publishing/funding strategies, and facilitating contacts.

How to Sign UP

If you are interested in serving as a mentor or in being a mentee, please contact by May 30, 2017 with “Mentoring Program” in the subject line.  

If you want to be a mentor, please include a 3-5 sentence bio that includes

·         your primary research areas

·         teaching and professional interest areas

·         location on the globe

·         other specific personal or professional information that may be especially                         relevant/helpful to a mentee

If you want to be a mentee, please include a 3-5 sentence bio that includes

·         your primary research areas

·         the stage of your education (for example, first year student developing a proposal, 5th year student preparing for dissertation defense, junior faculty seeking tenure, etc.)

·         professional interests

·         location on the globe

·         specific help/guidance you are seeking.

Indicate your preference (mentor or mentee) and ISTR will match people in June and send them one another's contact info.

If you are a non-academic mentor willing to talk about your work and if you are a student or new professional who would prefer to talk with a non-academic mentor, please indicate that preference as well.

Note: ISTR is grateful to the American Society for Environmental History for providing a template for this program.

Contact Us

International Society for Third-Sector Research
5801 Smith Avenue
McAuley Hall, Suite 245
Baltimore, MD 21209

Tel:   410-735-4221
Fax:   410-735-4201

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