Each year Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections offers up to three month-long $2,000 fellowships for researchers to use our unique materials. All projects should include religion as a focus; in the spirit of Margaret Gest's vision, projects should be interdisciplinary and cross-cultural.
Projects engaging with any religion, religious community, or historical religious practices will be considered. We hope that materials created through these fellowships advance scholarship and engage with our collections in unique and creative ways. Fellowships are open to scholars at any stage in their careers.
Research funded by the 2019 application cycle may be conducted from October 2019 to June 30, 2020.
2017 Gest Fellows
- Deborah Hamer
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary
"Declining Patriarchy: Marriage and Diversity in the Middle Colonies, 1660-1800"
- Elana Krischer
Ph.D. candidate in History
State University of New York at Albany
"Quakers and Seneca Land in Western New York"
- Ryan G. Tobler
Ph.D. candidate in Religion
"Invidious Rites: The Politics of Religious Practice in Early America"
Quaker & Special Collections are closed for renovation beginning January 2, 2018. Our Gest Fellowship Program is also suspended during the construction period. We will announce a reopening date and provide more information on resuming the fellowship as the construction and renovation progresses.
Apply to Become a Gest Fellow
Submit the following materials by the deadline:
- A three to five page statement of research goals, including what progress has been made on your research project to date; a statement of how this project will benefit the scholarly community with which it intersects, an assessment of how Haverford’s materials can further its progress and what particular materials at Haverford you wish to use, and an estimate of when the project is expected to be completed.
- A current vita or resume.
- A writing sample.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with both the field in which the applicant proposes to work, and with the applicant’s work. (Reference letters must also be received by the February 22 deadline). Please also include their names and contact information in the application materials.
- Permanent and any temporary addresses and phone numbers.
Materials should be sent electronically to Sarah Horowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Demonstrated understanding of the applicability of Haverford's collections to the project.
- Probability that the project will result in a product that will advance scholarship.
- Evidence of the applicant’s prior familiarity with and effective use of similar collections.
Successful applicants might pursue research in the J. Rendel Harris collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts, examine personal accounts of religious practice through letters and diaries, explore Quaker faith and practice, compare different versions of the Bible from our collection of American Bibles, or study missions and missionaries, among many other topics.