NCAIS offers a spring workshop in research methods organized around a topic proposed by consortium faculty. The workshop brings together one or more faculty with a participating graduate student from each NCAIS member institution. The call for proposals is sent to NCAIS faculty in the early fall, reviewed and selected by the NCAIS Steering Committee.
Workshops are held at archival resources in various regions of the United States and Canada. Workshops provide NCAIS graduate students an opportunity to explore a wide range of archival holdings at various institutions. The National Museum of the American Indian and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) were sites of recent workshops. Workshop faculty and graduate students examine a core of readings related to the workshop topic. Faculty introduce the students to the archival holdings, organize field trips, social events and student presentations drawn from the archives. Participating graduate students are provided housing accommodations, meals, and a stipend to cover travel expenses.