How do I become an APSA
mentor? Are there requirements?
APSA Members are welcome to sign up to
become an APSA Mentor, as long as you have the time to commit to
mentoring the mentee.
We welcome mentors who are Master’s
students, PhD students, junior faculty, senior faculty, retired, career
Sign up on the APSA
How do I request an APSA
Mentor? Are there requirements?
Is it highly encouraged that all mentees
have a student membership with APSA, however, it is not
You can request a mentor on our
How long is the commitment for the
The duration of the mentor process can
vary. When you fill out your mentor or mentee profile, you will
designate whether you need one-time, short-term, or long-term
Short-term can range from a semester, or
one to six months.
Long-term is six months to a
What if I would like my mentor
relationship to continue longer than a year?
If you and your long-term mentor have
established a good mentor/mentee relationship, you can continue beyond
the long-term one year time frame. However,
if one or both of you are unable to continue, you can contact APSA and
we will match you with a new mentor.
Is my mentor/mentee in the same institution as me?
Your mentor/mentee could be at another
institution anywhere around the world. It is up
to the mentor and the mentee to discuss the best way to communicate
(i.e. phone, email, skype, etc.) and set up a standardized mentoring
schedule that works for both people. APSA recommends starting over
What factors do you use in mentor
When completing a APSA mentor/mentee
profile, you will answer a number of questions regarding your current
status, research interests, subfields, areas of expertise, and the
professional development areas that you need mentoring
in. APSA seeks to match each mentee with a mentor that
best fits their request.
I have not heard from my
What should I do?
It is required that the mentees make the
initial communication within 48 hours of the match. If you
reach out, or did reach out, and have not heard back, contact