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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

CART Fellowship Information


Applications are now closed.


Check back in Spring 2023 for information about the coming year's projects and application details.

Application Information

Eligibility and Terms
Applications are welcome from currently enrolled UCSC graduate students with academic interests in arts, humanities, and/or social and natural sciences; interest in working in archives and libraries; and interest in curating exhibits.

Fellowships in CART require a multiple quarter commitment, with a total of 125 paid hours at an hourly wage of $22.72:

  • Fellows attend a paid, one-day training as a cohort in early Summer (5 hours).
  • During Summer, Fall, or Winter quarter, each fellow works a total of 100 hours (10 hours/week during the weekday hours of 9:00-5:00). 
  • Fellows return for 20 paid hours in Spring quarter to curate an exhibit showcasing materials from the collections they processed.


If fellows have a concurrent academic appointment (e.g. GSR, TA, other teaching appointment), they must get written permission from both a) their faculty advisor and b) the Dean of Graduate Studies to work 10 hours per week during the first quarter, and to curate the exhibit during the second quarter. CART does not include tuition remission.

CART hires fellows for the upcoming academic year (Summer, Fall, and Winter quarters) each Spring. Project information and application forms are posted at the beginning of Spring quarter, and applications are due in late Spring quarter. Interviews are held and fellowship offers are made before the end of June.

Interested candidates will submit a completed application form including the contact information for 2-3 references, a letter of interest, and a résumé/CV.

Review Process
CART fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated each on the basis of:

  • the availability of projects related to a candidate’s academic background and subject expertise;
  • the candidate’s expressed desire to work with primary source materials to enhance their research, writing and/or archival skills;
  • the candidate's expressed desire to work on an exhibit;
  • the candidate's faculty references;
  • and the candidate’s general level of achievement.

Strong candidates will be contacted after the application deadline to arrange an interview. Applicants will be notified of their status by email. 

Frequently Asked Questions

While it can be helpful, there is no subject expertise required to participate. We do like the fellows to have an interest in something about the collection they choose. You’ll be working on this collection for 100 hours and then creating an exhibit showcasing the collection, so it helps to have some connection.

Yes, most likely. Most CART fellows have concurrent TA appointments. If you have a concurrent academic appointment during the first quarter you’re in CART (Fall or Winter), you will need to get permission from your graduate adviser as well as the Graduate Dean.

While you are applying, please check in with your adviser to see if they would approve of your participation in CART. After accepting the offer, fellows reach out to their graduate adviser and department coordinator (who contacts the Graduate Dean) to get written permission to work 10 hours a week for CART.

Fellows who work in the Summer do not need written permission.

There's no minimum or maximum word count or page length for the letter of interest. Applicants usually write 1-2 pages, but you should write enough to express your interest in the program and how participating in CART will help you in your research, your teaching, and/or your future career plans.

No. We’ve had first year students all the way to ABD candidates and every year in between. We recommend applicants to keep their schedules in mind when applying for CART, and make sure they have the bandwidth (and permission from advisers) to participate for 100 hours in the first quarter, plus the time for exhibit curation in the Spring. Other fellowships, teaching responsibilities, and qualifying exams tend to take up a lot of time and work; it may be best to wait a year if you plan to have large commitments this upcoming year.

The exhibit is an essential component of CART, and a requirement to fulfill the entire fellowship.

Most CART fellows have no exhibit experience. We look for applicants who are interested in curating an exhibit for a public audience. The CART Archivist and the Outreach & Exhibits Librarian work closely with the fellows in the Spring to facilitate the curation process.

No. Fellows are paid hourly for 125 total hours (training, processing hours, and exhibit curation) at $22.72 per hour. (FYI: most CART fellows have concurrent TA appointments.)

Yes. You need to be currently enrolled as a graduate student at UCSC in order to participate in the CART fellowship.

The CART fellowship is a student job that hires through the UCSC Career Center, so if you are able to work on campus, you should be able to participate in CART. You may not be able to participate in CART if you are an international student and you have a concurrent TAship. Check with the UCSC Career Center to inquire about your current employment status and visa stipulations.

CART is currently only for graduate students, but we often employ undergraduate students in Special Collections & Archives to assist with public services, retrieving archival materials for researchers, and other archives-related projects. Contact us if you’re interested in getting involved!