Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Program on Conducting Archival Research

The Program on Conducting Archival Research has two components:

  • a week-long summer institute on archival research; and
  • a Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Cold War/Post-1945 International History.

SICAR

The Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) is a four-day seminar in which Ph.D. students receive training in conducting archival research. Although archival research is an integral part of many academic disciplines, it is virtually never taught at the graduate level. In an effort to address this deficiency, the George Washington University began the Summer Institute in 2003. SICAR welcomes Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history. In 2014, the Summer Institute will continue to welcome participants from various disciplines including history, government and politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and public policy, as well as area and regional studies. Preference will be given to students who have defended their dissertation proposal and who are about to embark on archival research.

The 2014 workshop will be held from May 19-22 (students will need to arrive by May 18). The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. The application should include the application form, as well as a two-page proposal indicating how the workshop is important for your dissertation research, one letter of recommendation, and a curriculum vitae. Please send applications via e-mail to sicar@gwu.edu with the subject line reading "SICAR application." GW will cover the cost of student accomodations in Washington and will generally help cover the cost of transportation. For further information, please contact sicar@gwu.edu.

The Summer Institute is directed by the faculty of the GW Cold War Group and researchers at both the National Security Archive and the Cold War International History Project. SICAR is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


SICAR 2013

Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Cold War/Post-1945 International History

The deadline for the 2013-2014 Mellon Fellowship was January 15, 2013. For more information on applying click here.

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