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GC Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC): Archival Research Grants

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Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)

Archival Research Grants

 Deadline for Applications: Monday, February 2, 2015, 5pm


The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following summer research grant programs to support advanced doctoral student research and travel.


The Advanced Research Collaborative Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies is designed to support doctoral students whose projects necessitate work in archives, repositories, and special collections (public and private) during the summer of 2015. Students need not be members of the American Studies Certificate Program in order to apply, but their research must intersect with American Studies (broadly construed) in some discernible way.


The Advanced Research Collaborative Award for Archival Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies will support doctoral students for work in archives, repositories, and special collections (public and private) during the summer of 2015 that focuses directly on the history, society, and culture of Africans and persons of African descent.   Particular attention will be given to research projects that are interdisciplinary in nature.  In addition to the general requirements for Advanced Research Collaborative Awards for Archival Research, successful candidates for the African American and African Diaspora Studies Award will be required to organize and participate in a roundtable discussion of “African Diaspora Studies and the Archive.”  This event will be take place under the sponsorship of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC).


Multiple awards of $4,000.00 will be made in each of the following categories:

A)     Level III students: to support research aimed at the completion of a chapter or substantive portion of the dissertation.

B)      Level II students: whose research agenda could be substantially improved by access to archival materials prior to the submission of their dissertation prospectus.

N.B.. Students who received research awards from the Provost’s Office in the summer of 2014 still are eligible to apply again this year (with the stipulation that their applications should be more specifically focused than those of first time applicants).


 Each application must include the following: 

  •  Cover Sheet (attached)
  • A brief description of your research agenda with specific reference to what institutional repositories you intend to visit (no more than 500 words)
  • Two-page curriculum vitae
  • Current Graduate Center transcript.  (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from banner.)
  • A writing sample (10-15 pages).
  • One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser (see instructions below).


Recipients of these fellowships must agree to the following conditions as part of their acceptance of the award:

  •  Attend a 90 minute Archival Research Orientation Workshop (tentatively scheduled for 1 May 2015)
  • Write a one page summary of your archival work (due by 21 August 2015).
  • Provide a 7-10 minute public presentation of their work at a doctoral student research conference to be held at the Graduate Center on 25 September 2015.
  • Attend a grant writing workshop at the Graduate Center next academic year designed to assist you in applying for future grants and fellowships (multiple sessions of the workshop will be held in order to accommodate potential scheduling conflicts).
  • Agree to potentially have some version of their summer work featured on a Student Research Collaborative webpage currently under construction by the Advanced Research Collaborative.


Instructions for submitting your application:

  •  Combine your cover sheet, research description, curriculum vitae, transcript, and writing sample into a SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).
  •  Use the following format when naming your document: Last Name, First Name, Program
  •  Go to the ARA Dropbox to upload your complete file.
  • The direct link for the Archival Research Award Dropbox is:

  •  Use your GC login and password to open the link
  •  Upload your file to the ARA Dropbox.
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