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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

CART Fellowship Information


Applications are now closed.


Check back in March 2022 for information about the coming year's projects and application details.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

No. Fellows are paid hourly for 125 hours of training, research, and creative work at $22.06 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.

CART is currently open to 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!

Application Information

Eligibility and Terms
Applications are welcome from currently enrolled UCSC graduate students. Those with academic interests in arts, humanities, and/or social and natural sciences; interest in working in archives and libraries; and digital humanities are highly encouraged to apply.

Each fellow works a total of 125 hours in either Summer or Fall quarter of 2021, and is paid $22.06 per hour. Fellows must receive permission from their department to work for CART up to 10 hours a week in addition to any concurrent academic appointment (e.g. TAships). CART Fellowships do not include tuition remission.


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 quarter, plus 25 hours of training and project completion.


Review Process

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • the engagement of the candidate with the project proposal and the collection material available to their use 
  • 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 create a public digital exhibit or project
  • 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.