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University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships

GW Womens Rifle TeamThe University Archives of the George Washington University is pleased to invite applications for our University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year. These fellowships are open to graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at GW and who will not graduate before May 2014.  Visit the University Archives website to learn more about our office.

Diversity of GW students and staff is of vital importance to the university’s intellectual mission. Understanding that history at GW helps build a foundation of historical documentation, which in turn enables us to explore the full story of diversity at GW with all its complexities. We believe these stories can be found in the University Archives collections.

The University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships will provide support for GW graduate and undergraduate students who will spend two semesters in the University Archives conducting significant research on a GW diversity-related topic of their own design while guided by an approved faculty advisor. Researchers will use a host of University Archives collections including the historical GW Hatchet newspaper, the Office of the President Records, the Board of Trustees Minutes, Office of the Provost Records, and supplementary resources outside of GW when necessary to examine the full record of diversity at GW. Applicants will specify their own areas of research interest, which may include (but are not limited to) themes such as the history of women, African Americans, Latino/a students, religious life, veterans, disability and LGBT individuals on campus throughout GW’s history.

Four fellowships will be awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year, each with a stipend of $2500. The research period will be for the entire academic year beginning in August 2013 and ending in May 2014. Half of the award amount will be distributed in each semester. Fellows will be expected to share their research at a culminating event in the late spring of 2014.


 To apply, please submit:

1. Research Statement (maximum 2 pages)

2. Name and contact information of your GW faculty advisor

3. A current resume

4. (Optional) A list of resources you have already identified in our collections or elsewhere that would be helpful to your research


The research statement should address specifically the relevance of the proposed research to unique resources found in the GW University Archives collections. Faculty advisors should be aware of and supportive of the proposed research. Applications will be considered that propose scholarly use of GW University Archives collections along with other relevant archives and manuscripts collections outside of GW. Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the website of the Special Collections Research Center for detailed descriptions of University Archives collections.

A committee consisting of GW faculty members and staff from the Special Collections Research Center will award the grants based on the strength of the proposed research project and the relevance of the proposal to the unique holdings of the GW University Archives.

All application materials should be in PDF format and submitted electronically to Bergis Jules, GW University Archivist, at by September 2nd, 2013. Your email should include the subject line “[Last Name] University Archives Diversity Research Fellowship Application.” Notifications of awards will be emailed to recipients by September 15th, 2013.

If you have any questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact Bergis Jules at or 202-994-7295.

These fellowships are generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion.



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