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University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships

1969 Homecoming Queen Candace WilliamsThe University Archives of the George Washington University is pleased to invite applications for our University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year. These fellowships for research into GW history are open to any GW graduate or undergraduate students and are intended to support the discovery of untold stories of our community. 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, students with disabilities, and LGBT individuals on campus throughout GW’s history. Each fellowship will come with a stipend of $2500.

The fellowships will provide support for students to 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 University Archives collections, including the historical GW Hatchet newspaper, records of the administration, departments, student organizations, Board of Trustees, photographs, and any supplementary resources outside of GW when necessary to examine the full record of diversity at GW. Staff members from Special Collections will orient students to the archives and serve as a resource to them throughout the project. The research period will begin in November 2014 and end in May 2015. Half of the award amount will be distributed in each semester. Fellows will be expected to produce a final project and share their research at a culminating public event in the late spring of 2015. 

 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 the relevance of the proposed research to the unique resources found in the University Archives collections. Faculty advisors should be aware of and supportive of the proposed research. Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the website of the Special Collections Research Center for detailed descriptions of University Archives collections.

All application materials should be submitted electronically to Special Collections at speccoll@gwu.edu by October 17, 2014. Your email should include the subject line “[Last Name] University Archives Diversity Research Fellowship Application.” Notifications of awards will be emailed to recipients by October 31, 2014.  

These fellowships are generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Building and sustaining a diverse community is part of the university’s intellectual mission. We hope our fellowship recipients can support that mission by contributing to a more inclusive history of GW. 

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