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Moore Research Fellowship

Applications for the 2023-2024 Moore Research Fellowship are closed. Please check back in January/February 2024 to apply next year.

The Margaret W. Moore and John M. Moore Research Fellowship provides a research stipend to promote research that uses the resources of the Friends Historical Library and/or the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Strong preference will be given to projects that make significant use of resources available only on-site at Swarthmore College.​

Questions about the application process may be directed to Celia Caust-Ellenbogen,


A stipend in the amount of $1,400 per week, for a minimum of one week and a maximum of four weeks, will be distributed to 2-6 researchers. Research fellows are expected to travel to Swarthmore to conduct their research on-campus (if possible) between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.


Swarthmore College faculty and staff, as well as faculty, graduate students, or scholars at all levels from outside the Swarthmore College community are welcome to apply. (Current Swarthmore students should apply for the Moore Student Fellowship.) Fellows will be required to give a brief, informal presentation about their research to library staff on the last day of their research trip.

Application Instructions

Please complete this Moore Fellowship Application via Google forms by April 1, 2023.  Any questions about the application process may be directed to Celia

In addition to basic information, the form calls for an application packet. The packet should include the following four components, combined into a single PDF that includes your name in the filename. Email the file to Celia

  1. A description of your project and its importance to the field. This must include specific references to the resources to be consulted at Friends Historical Library (FHL), the Swarthmore College Peace Collection (SCPC), and/or Swarthmore College Archives (SCA). Applicants may wish to consult with Curators Rachel Mattson (SCPC), Jordan Landes (FHL), or David Obermayer (SCA) about available resources. The project description should state the anticipated publication or dissemination of research results. Applicants working on projects utilizing resources available on microfilm or in digital format should state why they would need to see the original material or view the analog formats on site. The project description should also state the number of weeks (one week minimum, four weeks maximum) the applicant wishes to spend at Swarthmore. There is no required length, but most project proposals are 2-5 pages (double-spaced).
  2. A current vitae or resume. 
  3. A short writing sample (an article or book chapter). 
  4. Names and current mailing and email addresses of three references familiar with both the field in which the applicant proposes to work, and with the applicant’s work. Please inform your references that they could be contacted.

Notifications will be distributed on our about May 1, 2023.


Olatunde Taiwo, Olabisi Onabanjo University (Nigeria), 2019

Isabelle Cosgrave, University of Exeter (UK), 2018

Doug Gwyn, Durham Friends Meeting (Maine), 2016

Olatunde Taiwo, Olabisi Onabanjo University (Nigeria), 2019

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List of Some Past Moore Fellows


  • Anna Duensing (Yale University), "Fascists without Labels: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and the Making of a Black anti-fascist movement 1933-77"
  • Donna Eyestone (College of San Mateo), "Quiet Tension: A Barbara Deming Podcast"
  • Amelia Flood (Saint Louis University), Paul M. Pearson (pending)
  • An Thuy Nguyen (University of Maine), South Vietnamese urban antiwar activism and opposition to the Nixon Doctrine in Asia from 1969 to 1975
  • Amy Rutenberg (Iowa State University), "In the Service of Peace: Peace Activism and Military Service in Post-Vietnam War America"
  • William F. Vogel (University of Minnesota), "‘Germ Warfare Perverts Science and Mocks God:’ The Vigil at Fort Detrick, the Peace Action Center, and Popular Protest Against Biological Warfare in the 1960s" (pending)

No fellowships awarded


  • Richard C. Allen (Newcastle University), "‘Travelling in Search of Peace and Reconciliation’: The Peaceable Life and Experiences of Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794–1882)"  (pending)
  • Louis H. Battalen, "From Rags to Rags: Writings of Juanita Morrow Nelson (1923-2015)"
  • Marc Becker (Truman State University), "Latin American Women’s Movements during the 1950s" (pending)


  • Sa'ed Atshan (Swarthmore College), "Alienation and Belonging Among Black and Palestinian Friends"
  • Garrett Felber (University of Mississippi), “From Prisons to Freedom Rides: How Prison Abolition Shaped the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • Christina Larocco (Historical Society of Pennsylvania), Martha Schofield (1839–1916)
  • Carolyn Levy (Penn State), "Prisoners and Their Matrons: Incarceration and Reform in Nineteenth-Century America"
  • Olatunde Taiwo (Olabisi Onabanjo University), "Friend(ship) Across the Sahara: Quakerism in Africa Since 1855"


  • Ruth Braunstein (University of Connecticut), "The Moral Meaning of Taxes: Taxpayers, Tax Resisters and the Construction of Good Citizenship" 
  • Jon Coburn (Newcastle University), "Summers of Peace and Justice: US Women's Peace Encampments in the 1980s"
  • Isabelle Cosgrave (University of Exeter), "Balancing Literary Ambition and Quaker Commitment: Amelia Opie and Mary Howitt Negotiate Shifting Quaker Attitudes in Nineteenth-Century Britain"
  • Isaac May (University of Virginia), "God-Optional Religion: Quaker, Unitarians, Jews and the Changing Nature of Theism, 1920-1965"


  • Shuko Tamao (PhD Candidate, University at Buffalo), "Picturing the Institution of Social Death: Visual Rhetorics of Postwar Asylum Exposé Photography"


  • Doug Gwyn (Durham Friends Meeting (ME)), Friends General Conference Gathering since 1900


  • Paula R. Palmer (Boulder Friends Meeting), Quaker Indian Boarding Schools

No Fellowship awarded


  • Jessica M. Frazier (PhD Candidate, Binghamton University), "U.S. Women’s Transnational Activism"


  • Amanda Quakenbush Guidotti (University of Delaware), "The Spirit Awakens: Evangelicalism and the Transformation of American Quakerism"


  • Aaron Wunsch (University of Pennsylvania), Quaker burial practices


  • Brian E. McNeil, (PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin), "Frontiers of Need: Humanitarianism and the American Involvement in the Nigerian Civil War, 1967-1970"

No Fellowship awarded


  • Michael Goode (Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Chicago), "In the Kingdom but Not of It: The Quaker Peace Testimony and Atlantic Pennsylvania, 1689-1714."


  • Suzanne Kelley McCormack (Visiting Professor, Wheaton College), "American Prisoners of War and the Vietnam War-Era Peace Movement" 


  • James M.Donahue (University of Notre Dame), "Transnational Protestantism and the League of Nations, 1914-1948"


  • Stephanie Patterson Gilbert (Graduate Student, American Studies Penn State University, Harrisburg), “Childbearing Cycles and Family Limitation in an Eighteenth-Century Affluent Household: The Fertility Transition of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker and Her Daughters”


  • Carol Faulkner (Assistant Professor, History Department, State University of New York at Geneseo), “Lucretia Mott and the Politics of 19th Century Reform” 


  • Deborah Bishov ’04 (Senior Thesis, History Department, Swarthmore College),  “The War Resisters League” 


  • A. Glenn Crothers (Assistant Professor, History Department, Indiana University Southeast), “Negotiating Communities and Cultures: Quakers and Slavery in Early National Northern Virginia”              


  • Amy Schneidhorst (Graduate Student, History Department, University of Illinois-Chicago), “Sisters in the Struggle: Older Women’s Activism for Peace and Social Justice in Chicago, 1960 – 1975”  
  • Charles E. Fager (Independent Quaker Scholar), “Exploration of the roots, major themes, and evolution of religious thought (or theology) in FGC Quakerism, from its beginning through the 20th century”