Friday, February 2, 2007

Summer Institute on Archival Research for Ph.D. Students

Call for Applications
Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) at the George Washington University
June 11-15, 2007
Ph.D. students working on dissertations involving archival research (particularly in newly accessible archives) on topics related to modern history and international relations are invited to apply to the 5th annual Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) at the
George Washington University in Washington, D.C. SICAR trains graduate students from multiple disciplines to maximize their research in archives and includes the following sessions:

• preparing to go to an archive and structuring time once there
• understanding how archival documents come to be written and deposited in archives
• tackling the challenges of interpreting archival documents, including issues of culture and foreign language

Applicants must submit the application form (found at, a two-page proposal indicating how they would benefit from SICAR, a CV, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in their department. [NOTE: The announcement indicates that the form is at the above link, however at the time of this posting, I was not able to locate the form. Applicants should email the program at if the form is not on-line when you are applying.]

The deadline for applications is February 19, 2007 and decisions will be announced by March 1, 2007. Please send applications via e-mail to (letters of recommendation can be sent via regular mail to:
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; ATTN: SICAR; 1957 E St. N.W., Suite 412, Washington, DC 20052).

GWU will cover the costs of housing and meals, and accepted students can apply for help with travel costs. For more information: (202)994-6342 or SICAR is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.