Ph.D. students from any discipline working on dissertations involving archival research (particularly in relatively newly accessible archives) are invited to apply to participate in the 7th annual Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) organized by the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The institute will be held at GWU from 25-29 May 2009.

SICAR trains graduate students to get the most out of their time conducting research in archives and includes the following sessions:

- preparing to go to an archive and structuring time once there;

- understanding how archival documents come to be written and deposited in archives;

- tackling the challenges of interpreting archival documents, including issues of culture and foreign language;

- and searching for information that is not in the archives.

SICAR will be limited to 20 participants, and preference is given to students who have defended their dissertation proposal and are about to embark on dissertation research. Applicants must submit the application form, a two-page proposal indicating how they would benefit from participation in SICAR, a CV, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member in their department.

The deadline for applications is February 10, 2009 and decisions will be announced by February 24, 2009.

Please send applications via e-mail to (letters of recommendation can be sent via email or by regular mail to: The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; ATTN: SICAR; 1957 E St. N.W., Suite 412, Washington, DC 20052)

GWU will cover the costs of housing and meals and may in some cases help with transportation. For more information: (202)994-6340 or