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Monthly Panel
Monthly Panel

1-hour Monthly panel by senior researchers on an important topic for the audience.

Gather Town
Gather Town

More interactive formats to chat with senior researchers or make friends.

Small-Group Mentoring
Small-Group Mentoring

Small-Group Mentoring, where each mentor can be matched with several mentees for small-group discussions



We are a mentorship network that helps and supports junior researchers in natural language processing (NLP). Our aim is to promote equal access to advice on NLP career choices, initiating research in NLP, etc. People from all over the world can apply. We are honored to have over 650 members worldwide now.

What is Year-Round Mentorship?

This is an initiative undertaken under the auspices of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), aimed to provide mentorship opportunities for students starting in the field. We are organizing virtual mentorship meetings throughout the year, with mentors from academia or industry with significant expertise and successful careers in the field of NLP. The topics discussed range from “how to choose research topic?” and “how to write a paper?” all the way to “should I do a PhD?” and “how do you keep a work-life balance?”

Who Can Apply?

Anyone who is currently an active student anywhere in the world can sign up to participate in the mentorship sessions. While this may change in the future, at this point we are unable to offer mentorship to those who are not currently enrolled as students.


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Around the world


plus entertainment lounge at Gather Town

About us

Motivated by the rapidly growing community of NLP, every year we see many junior students joining the NLP community. However, not all people have the same resources and can receive similar guidance to develop a smooth research/career path in NLP. This difference is exacerbated by the region, cultural group, and many other factors that make resources unequally distributed. Inspired by the one-time mentorship sessions at NLP conferences, we are thinking whether we could make mentorship resources more available all around the year and around the world.


Prof. Rada Mihalcea

Professor at University of Michigan

Prof. Mohit Bansal

Assoc. Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. V. Prabhakaran

Research Scientist at Google

Zhijing Jin

PhD at Max Planck Institute & ETH Zürich

Oana Ignat

Postdoc at University of Michigan

Tejas Vaidhya

Incoming MSc at Mila

Abhay Zala

Undergraduate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Previous Organizers

Lisa Bauer

PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill

Ashkan Kazemi

PhD at University of Michigan

Latest news

Apply to be a Mentee

APPLYING TO ACL YEAR-LONG MENTORSHIP As Mentee You can apply as a mentee if you are a student interested in the field of NLP and you need advice on career choices, how to start to do NLP research, and so on. To check whether you are eligible, ple... continue reading

Apply to be a Mentor

APPLYING TO ACL YEAR-LONG MENTORSHIP As Mentor Click here to apply as a mentor. Applications are welcome at any time Apply to be a Mentor Eligibility Requirements For mentors, we require applicants to be: we welcome people who are e... continue reading