Program on Conducting Archival Research

The Program on Conducting Archival Research has two components:

  • a week-long summer institute on archival research; and
  • a Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Cold War/Post-1945 International History.


The Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) is a four-day seminar in which Ph.D. students receive training in conducting archival research. Although archival research is an integral part of many academic disciplines, it is virtually never taught at the graduate level. In an effort to address this deficiency, the George Washington University began the Summer Institute in 2003. SICAR welcomes Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history. In 2014, the Summer Institute will continue to welcome participants from various disciplines including history, government and politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and public policy, as well as area and regional studies. Preference will be given to students who have defended their dissertation proposal and who are about to embark on archival research.

Information about the 2016 workshop can be found here.

The Summer Institute is directed by the faculty of the GW Cold War Group and researchers at both the National Security Archive and the Cold War International History Project. SICAR is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

SICAR 2013

Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Cold War/Post-1945 International History

The deadline for the 2013-2014 Mellon Fellowship was January 15, 2013. For more information on applying click here.