The Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) is a UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) program designed to equip emerging scholars with skills to use primary sources effectively. The center pairs graduate students from various academic fields with projects that match their expertise.
Since its creation in 2004 — funded by a generous gift from the Ahmanson Foundation — the CFPRT has employed over 200 students. These scholars have processed archival collections, conducted oral histories, curated digital exhibits and contributed to departmental outreach efforts. This important work has made some of the Library’s most valuable resources widely discoverable.
The CFPRT is committed to creating a welcoming space for students to work collaboratively, actively take part in the archival process and engage with primary sources.
CFPRT Graduate Student Positions
Applications are welcome from enrolled UCLA graduate students of any academic discipline.
The CFPRT hires every quarter, as needed.
- During the academic year, students may work up to 19 hours/week with all campus jobs combined (ASUCLA included).
- CFPRT scholars can work Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- CFPRT scholars are paid $19.54 per hour.
- A commitment of at least 12 hours/week is required.
CFPRT positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated based on the following:
- The availability of projects related to a candidate’s academic background and subject expertise
- The candidate’s expressed desire to work with primary source materials to enhance their research, writing and library skills
- The candidate’s general level of achievement
Strong candidates will be contacted shortly after submitting their application to arrange an interview and discuss potential projects. Applicants will be notified of their status by email. No phone calls, please.
Positions for this quarter have been filled.
Treasures of the UCLA Library
The Library has released Treasures of the UCLA Library, five short films documenting the history of the CFPRT and highlighting four student projects.
Treasures of the UCLA Library was written, directed and produced by Erin Flannery. The films were made possible through support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Irving and Jean Stone Endowment and University Librarian Discretionary Fund.