Ph.D. students from any discipline working on dissertations involving archival research (particularly in relatively newly accessible archives) are invited to apply to participate in the 8th annual Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. SICAR trains graduate students to get the most out of their time conducting research in archives and includes the following sessions such as:
- 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; and,
- searching for information not in the archives.
SICAR will be limited to 20 participants, and preference is given to students who have defended their dissertation proposal and are about to embark on dissertation research. Applicants from any country or discipline are eligible. Applicants must submit the application form (see website), a two-page proposal indicating how they would benefit from participation in SICAR, a CV, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in their department.
The deadline for applications is February 25, 2010 and decisions will be announced by the end of March. Please send applications via e-mail (ATTN: SICAR APP) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation can be sent via email or by regular mail to:
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
ATTN: Elidor Mehilli/SICAR
1957 E St. N.W., Suite 412
Washington, DC 20052.
GWU will cover the costs of housing and meals and may in some cases help with transportation. For more information please email: email@example.com.
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