Mentorship at the Annual Conference on South Asia

ACSA Mentorship Program 2022 Call for Applications


The Annual Conference on South Asia Mentorship Program provides graduate students in South Asian Studies and related fields an opportunity to engage with and learn from experienced scholars. Our mentor volunteers have successfully navigated academia, established careers in their chosen fields, and generously donated their time and expertise to this program.

The overarching goals of the ACSA Mentorship Program include: establishing networks across generations of scholars and universities, setting goals, developing professional skill sets, and gaining a better understanding of a variety of career paths and professional experiences.

The mentorship program is flexible, depending on the goals of each mentor/mentee pair. The intention is that each pair will make time to meet in the designated Mentorship Space during the conference, with the possibility of continuing their conversations after the conference ends. A luncheon for all mentorship participants is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2022.

Mentors are not expected to provide jobs or letters of recommendation for their mentees, nor are they expected to read mentees’ dissertations and articles (though some may be willing to read shorter documents, such as conference abstracts and job letters). Issues discussed between mentors and mentees might include: dissertation anxieties, job applications/interviews, departmental politics, research/publishing, tenure process, and pedagogy. All of the mentors in this program are experienced, successful professionals who have many insights to offer. 

To apply to the program as a graduate student mentee or mentor candidate, please submit your application form by September 1, 2022. If you have questions about the application, you may direct them to Andrea Fowler, Conference Coordinator, at


Graduate Student Application

Faculty Mentor Application