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Call for Participation: ISTR 2020 - 2021 Mentoring Program

Monday, May 4, 2020  
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ISTR Mentoring Program: 2020- 2021

Call for Participation - deadline May 29, 2020

ISTR’s Mentoring Program draws naturally from the friendliness and collegiality of its members, and is designed to provide students & emerging scholars with career, publishing, and funding advice and professional and networking development. We hope you will consider participating this year from July 2020 through June 2021.

Respondents to our anonymous survey this year saidBoth times I have been in the programme I have been very well matched to the mentee and very much enjoyed it. It is a great way to recognise the international nature of ISTR,” and “The mentoring programme is a very good initiative by the ISTR. For me it came at a critical time in my PhD programme when I really needed mentoring. A BIG THANK YOU for this programme.You can also read some longer personal reflections on the mentoring experience on our website.

Please join ISTR today to participate and to access all of the other benefits ISTR has to offer. 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 before the deadline and are subsequently matched by ISTR staff based on mutual interests. New: Recent mentors can fast click through to quickly join again without filling out the form.

• This one-year mentoring relationship is intended for July 2020 to June 2021. Matches will have a chance to meet at a meet-and-greet at the 14th International Conference in Montreal.

• Mentors and mentees are expected to have 3-4 conversations over the course of the duration of the program, 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 advisers. 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.

• Many research partnerships have developed organically from ISTR's mentoring program relationships. We are delighted to hear where these partnerships occur, but your engagement beyond the ISTR Mentoring Program is not expected.

How to Sign UP(May 29 deadline)

  • All mentors and mentees must be current paying members of ISTR. If you are not a member, please join today.

  • Interested mentors, please complete this short registration form. Recent mentors: just click “please use the information I have already provided” and skip filling out the rest of the form.
  • Students and emerging scholars interested in being a mentee, please complete this short registration form.
  • If you are currently in the program and would like to continue your relationship with your current match, just mention this in any of the comments.


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



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