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Funding for student researchers

What are some topics you could research at FHL or SCPC?

  • Peace, nonviolence, pacifism, and conscientious objection
  • Quaker history and spirituality
  • Women’s history, including political rights and feminism; women in social reform movements

  • African-American history, including abolition and civil rights
  • Native American rights
  • Environmental activism

  • Prison reform
  • Humane treatment of the mentally ill
  • Swarthmore College history
  • Swarthmore Borough history

If you have a topic idea but aren’t sure where to start or what collections to use, please email peacecollection@swarthmore.edu or friends@swarthmore.edu for ideas or suggestions. We can discuss possibilities with you over email or schedule an in-person appointment.

2019 RECIPIENT: Keton Kakkar spent their week examining one of our new acquisitions: the Mira Sharpless Townsend Papers. Mira Sharpless Townsend, a major Quaker social activist and reformer in Philadelphia, had strong views regarding women, slavery, temperance and capital punishment. She was the driving force behind the founding of the Rosine Association, established to assist "fallen women." Founded by women, for women, and under complete female management, it vowed not to judge women who worked as prostitutes, but rather to assist them find "more dignified labor." http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/10074
2019 RECIPIENT: Zara Williams-Nicholas spent her spring break here studying the history of dance at Swarthmore College, specifically exploring how dance has supported student identities and created spaces for healing.
2019 RECIPIENT: Keton Kakkar spent their week examining one of our new acquisitions: the Mira Sharpless Townsend Papers. Mira Sharpless Townsend, a major Quaker social activist and reformer in Philadelphia, had strong views regarding women, slavery, temperance and capital punishment. She was the driving force behind the founding of the Rosine Association, established to assist "fallen women." Founded by women, for women, and under complete female management, it vowed not to judge women who worked as prostitutes, but rather to assist them find "more dignified labor." http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/10074
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Eligibility: The Moore Student Fellowship opportunity is available to current Swarthmore College students only. (Students scheduled to graduate in 2020 are eligible, as long as they are current students at the time of applying.) All others (including Swarthmore College faculty and staff, as well as outside applicants) are encouraged to apply for the Moore Research Fellowship through a separate application process (click here).

Requirements: Recipient must spend one full week in Friends Historical Library and/or Peace Collection in the calendar year 2020 (between January 1 and December 31). Please note that the libraries are open 8:30a-4:30p, Monday through Friday and you are expected to spend the bulk of each day in the FHL and/or SCPC. Information about open hours and holiday closings can be found on our website. On your last day, you must give a very brief, very informal presentation (discussion) to FHL and SCPC staff about your research.

Housing: Housing arrangements are not provided as part of this fellowship. You are expected to secure your own on- or off-campus housing as needed. If you are living in college housing, note that you can stay over spring or fall break without making any special arrangements. To stay extra time during the summer or winter break you must contact Isaiah J. Thomas, Director of Residential Communities, at ithomas1@swarthmore.edu.

Application procedure: Complete this application form and email it to Celia at ccauste1@swarthmore.edu. Applicants must also provide one letter of recommendation. Ask your reference to email their letter to Celia at ccauste1@swarthmore.edu.

Application deadline: Applications are due on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Questions? Email Celia at ccauste1@swarthmore.edu

Past recipients:
2019: Tessa Hannigan ‘20, Keton Kakkar ‘21, Wambui (Marian) Mwenja ‘20, and Zara Williams-Nicholas ‘19.