Action Committee Mentoring Program
goal of this program is to provide mentoring support to ethnomusicologists from
groups who have historically experienced discrimination and who recently
received a terminal degree. Mentees in the program will be paired with senior
ethnomusicologists, who would consult with them regularly to provide career
advice. Providing a unique opportunity for ethnomusicologists early in their
careers to learn about SEM and professional opportunities, the program will encourage
future leadership in the Society.
Each year a group of four awardees (mentees) will be paired with a
mentor chosen by the committee from among SEM members. Mentors will be
available to mentees to answer questions (by phone, email, Skype, etc.) related
to their career. Mentees and mentors will
be encouraged to meet at the SEM Annual
Meeting, and lunch will be scheduled there for all participants in the program to
share their experiences. Mentors will be
available to mentees for one academic year, though the mentoring relationship
may extend beyond that time if both parties so choose. Documents detailing best practices on academic
mentoring of junior scholars will be shared with both mentors and mentees.
Mentees will be provided a one-time travel subsidy of up
to $400 to attend and present at the next SEM Annual Meeting. Eligibility is contingent on acceptance of a
paper proposal by the Program Committee.
Eligibility and related program policies. The award is available to individuals from
groups that have historically experienced discrimination. The dimensions of
identity on which the review committee will primarily focus are race/ethnicity,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability; however, the
committee will take an expansive view of discrimination and invites applicants
to explain why they are eligible. Please note the following additional
- The applicant must be a member of the Society
- The applicant must be within one to three years of
having completed his/her terminal degree in ethnomusicology or an allied
field. (PLEASE NOTE: Applicants not
holding a terminal degree in ethnomusicology or an allied field may apply, but
they will only be considered if they have a strong presence in the discipline
at the time the application is submitted.)
please submit the following materials:
- Application cover letter indicating full contact
information (name, physical address, phone numbers, email address).
- A statement specifying the nature of your
interest in the program, research interests, and professional experience (2-page
- A statement that outlines the applicant’s
identity and explains how he/she meets the eligibility requirements for this
grant (2 pages, maximum).
- Curriculum vitae (2 pages, maximum).
- One letter of recommendation.
Applications materials should be sent to the DAC Mentoring
Program Subcommittee, care of the Society for Ethnomusicology Business Office
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly
to the committee at the same address. All
application materials, including the letter of reference, must be received by August
15, 2014. Awardees will be notified no
later than the first week of September. The travel stipend will be provided to
the awardee by reimbursement.
Please note: While the mentor will provide the mentee with
support and advice, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the mentor take no
responsibility for the mentee’s career success.
The mentor’s advice does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
Society for Ethnomusicology.
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