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Opportunities at Bancroft

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The Bancroft Library is world renowned for its special collections, but we also offer classes, workshops, seminars, fellowships, travel grants to graduate students studying papyri, and student employment opportunities.

Workshops, Seminars, and Symposia at Bancroft include the Oral History Center’s Summer Institute and Introductory Workshops.  The Bancroft Library offers a course for Berkeley students (UGIS 140) that teaches them how to create handmade books using The Bancroft Library Press. On occasion, the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri offers a Summer Institute.  A number of regularly scheduled Berkeley courses using original Bancroft materials are taught at Bancroft by instructors from a variety of departments on an occasional basis. If you are interested in participating in such a class, consult the academic advisers in your home departments or Bancroft Public Services.

Fellowships and awards at Bancroft include The Bancroft Library Study Award, the Gunther Barth Fellowships, the Reese Fellowship, the Hill-Shumate Book Collecting Prize, and the Arthur J. Quinn Fellowship. Additionally, the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri grants travel funds to qualified students to attend conferences or participate in excavations related to the work that CTP does.  The Fellowships and Awards page outlines general eligibility for each award. If you find an award that suits your research area and academic standing, you can find more details on the page devoted to that award.

Finally, Bancroft aims to support students by providing jobs, internships, and apprenticeships that allow them to try out possible career paths, and in some cases earn a salary in the process.  Student Opportunities include Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships and Graduate Student Researcher positions at the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, as well as Internships and Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships at the Oral History Center. If you have an interest in 19th-century American literature, the Mark Twain Papers also hires students as funds allow. Bancroft also employs some students to page materials for the Heller Reading Room and to assist in the administrative office.