In February 2024, we launched the very first edition of the EASA Applied Anthropology Network Mentorship Program with the aim to support (aspiring) anthropologists in exploring careers outside of academia.

While we encourage applications from various backgrounds, the program focuses on the assets of anthropological thinking, training and frameworks. Both mentors and mentees should have an understanding of anthropology and an interest of how the discipline can benefit industries and non-academic workplaces.

This is a fully remote program open globally.


Examples of profiles this program is dedicated to include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology students, who want to explore potential careers

  • B.A. and M.A graduates who are job searching

  • Anthropologists currently employed in academia looking for transition to industry, private or public sector (including PhD candidates)

  • Anthropologists looking to transition from one industry to another

  • Anthropologists looking for different kind of transition or advice, eg. job market in a different location, employee to consultant transition.

  • Anthropologists looking for advice within the discipline they are already employed in.

The first rendition of the AAN Mentorship Program with an amazing line-up of 14 mentors and mentees ran over a span of three months from February to April 2024.

Learn more about it

And keep an eye out for a possible announcement for the next round in Autumn 2024! 👀

First Cohort - Spring 2024
Program Description

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be an anthropologist to apply?

No. You do not need to be an anthropologist by training, but you should have some understanding of anthropology and be able to explain your background in the application form.

⮞ What is the next step of the application process?

Mentees will be selected based on the application form solely. We will not conduct interviews with potential applicants, so please make sure to present your profile the best you can.

⮞ Can I reapply if I am not successful this time?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for the next call for mentees.

⮞ Can I apply if I need support with my academic research or want to go back to the university?

No, this program focuses on applying anthropology skills in settings outside of academia.

⮞ What if I realise that my mentor is not a good fit?

After the introductory meeting with your mentor, you may be able to discontinue with the program, if you feel strongly that the relationship will be unsuccessful. In this scenario, we will not be able to find another mentor for you and you will be withdrawn from the program.

⮞ What is the structure of the mentoring sessions?

There is no general structure of the mentoring sessions, as these sessions should focus on the individual needs, challenges and goals of mentees. You as a mentee will be responsible for scheduling the sessions, drafting an agenda and suggesting topics to discuss.