The Northeast Victorian Studies Association (NVSA) invites graduate students to apply for its Mentorship Program. The NVSA Mentorship Program seeks to enrich the field of Victorian studies by paving the way for a more inclusive professoriate that is representative of the populations we teach and serve. The program is especially geared towards graduate students of color, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and trans/non-binary scholars whose work engages with critical race theory, postcolonial and transatlantic scholarship, disabilities studies, or related topics. Each cohort of mentors and mentees will provide a mutual support network while offering a platform to discuss professionalization issues and working towards equality in the field.
The program pairs graduate students with a faculty mentor in October. Students will receive feedback on a piece of scholarship and (hopefully) attend the annual NVSA conference in April. We do our best to help defray registration, travel, and lodging expenses. Students should submit one conference- or article-length paper and will receive comments from their mentor prior to the conference.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D program, and the work submitted must be in the field of long nineteenth-century studies. Please note that an application to the Mentorship Program is wholly separate from a submission to present a paper at the NVSA conference itself. Graduate students are most welcome to apply to both, and their applications will be considered independently.