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Mentoring Program

The deadline to apply to participate in the 2018-2019 mentorship program was August 5, 2018.

Need some guidance right now? Here's the healthy work habits handout we sent to all mentees last year and some digital resources suggested by our 2017-18 mentors and mentees.

2018–19 Call for participation

The RSA is pleased to announce the second cycle of our mentoring program, which matches mid-career and senior scholars and professionals with graduate students who have completed coursework and postdoctoral scholars who have completed terminal degrees within the last five years.

For the second cycle, preference will be given to prospective mentees who did not participate in the first cycle.

The purpose of the program is to make more transparent how to thrive as a Renaissance studies scholar, and encourage forthright conversations about how to pursue one’s research, complete a dissertation, seek a job in or out of the academy, and more. The program aims especially to help early-career scholars make contacts beyond their home institutions, and to help those who do not have colleagues in Renaissance studies at their current place of employment.

Mentor and mentee applications for the 2018–19 academic year cycle will be open until 5 August 2018.

The RSA wishes to thank the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for inspiring our mentoring program.


Mid-career or senior scholars, as well as professionals from inside and outside the academy: professors, publishers, directors of institutes, administrators, etc. Mentors need not be members of the RSA.


Graduate students who have completed coursework or post-graduates within five years of receipt of their terminal graduate degree (including PhD, MLS, MA, and JD). Mentees must be members of the RSA.

How it works

  • Mentors and mentees are matched by the RSA Mentoring Committee.
  • This one-year mentoring relationship is intended for September 2018 through August 2019.
  • Communications may take place as often as once a month, either electronically or (where possible) in person, but are intended more commonly as three to four conversations over the course of the year. They might include discussion of the state of a given field, an exchange of experiences on entering a field, and/or conversations in which a mentor offers a fresh perspective on a junior colleague’s plans.
  • Mentoring conversations are intended to be reciprocal, in the sense that junior and senior colleagues are interested in sharing ideas and experiences at different locations on a career spectrum. Mentors are expected to take the lead on establishing contact.
  • While reading of dissertation chapters or grant proposals aids every scholar, this program defers that labor to the mentee’s local networks. This program entails no commitment to reading on the part of the mentor. The mentor is not expected to play the role of a dissertation advisor. Rather, the mentor will be someone who brings a different area of expertise.

How to participate

Mentors and mentees should select the appropriate link below and submit an application by 5 August 2018. Scholars from underrepresented groups, such as scholars of color, LGBTQ+ scholars, scholars with disabilities, and others who wish to be matched with a Mentor or Mentee from the same group or with related experiences are welcome to express such a preference to the Mentoring Committee. The committee will attempt to make appropriate matches, or, if no match is available through our program, to connect Mentees with a subject-specific mentor through our program and also help the Mentee contact other programs capable of providing supplementary diversity mentoring.



  • August 5 - Deadline to volunteer as a mentor or request a mentor
  • 1 October - Mentors and mentees will be notified of their matches. Program starts.
  • 31 August 2019 - Program ends
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