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Find an APSA Mentor

Find a Mentor

How the APSA Mentor Program Works for Mentees
The APSA Mentoring Program will connect you to scholars and professionals who have volunteered to provide advice, support, and guidance on a wide range of topics within the political science profession. 

NOTE: Mentee enrollment for Spring 2018 was open between January 10-22, 2018. Mentee enrollment for Fall 2018 and the 2018-19 academic year will open in late Summer 2018.

Note: APSA has updated the mentoring program. Click here for instructions on how to complete the new mentor request form. 

The Mentor Matching Process
  • Submit your form by clicking the button above: On the form, you can specify particular issues and fields of research, teaching, or professional interest for which you are seeking a mentor. Based on your request, APSA staff will match you with a mentor who best meets your mentoring needs.
  • Once you submit your form, APSA staff works to identify a suitable match. 
  • APSA makes matches twice a year: once in the fall semester (short term and long term matches) and once in the spring semester (short term matches). Matching is on a first come, first served basis. APSA anticipates making 30 short term matches each semester and 30 long term matches per year. 
  • APSA will email you the contact information of a mentor from the volunteer mentor pool.
  • You have 48 hours to contact the APSA mentor by email:
    • When you receive your mentor's contact information, you should contact the mentor with your question(s).
    • Mentors are volunteers and have agreed to respond to your contact, so please be sure to work out a schedule that is agreeable with both the mentor and the mentee.
    • If you cannot make contact within the first 48 hours, reach out to your mentor as soon as possible to let them know and discuss the schedule and questions.
    • If you do not make contact within the first 48 hours, APSA will assume that you are not interested in a mentor/mentee relationship and match your mentor with a new mentee.
  • APSA staff provide an online mentor-mentee orientation webinar. This is an expected component of the APSA mentoring program.
  • APSA staff will check in with you and your mentor about a month after the match has been made in order to assess the process.

A list of frequently asked questions can be found here

Other Mentoring Resources

APSA has compiled a list of mentoring resources for those seeking a mentor.
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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