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SEM Diversity Action Committee Mentoring Program


Purpose. The 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.

Program details. 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 policies.


  • The applicant must be a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
  • 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.)


To apply, 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 maximum).
  • 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 sem@indiana.edu. 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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