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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

Applications Closed

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now closed.


Interested in getting involved with CART? Join CART Commons to get more information about archival research and join discussions with your grad student peers, and check back in Spring 2020 for project descriptions and application forms for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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. Initially, fellows are trained together as a cohort in early Summer. Then, during their first quarter, fellows work a total of 100 hours during Summer, Fall, or Winter quarter, and must be able to work 10 hours/week during the weekday hours of 9:00-5:00. Fellows then return in a subsequent quarter (usually Spring) to curate a physical exhibit showcasing materials from the collections they processed, and are paid a stipend after the successful completion of the exhibit.

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 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 May. Interviews are held and fellowship offers are made before the end of Spring quarter.

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.