Haverford College Special Collections Gest Fellowships

Haverford College Special Collections invites applications for 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 may be conducted from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

To apply, submit the following materials, which must be received electronically by February 3, 2015:

  • 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.
  • Three 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 3 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 shorowitz@haverford.edu.

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.

Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2015 of the results of the application process.
Please visit the website or contact Sarah Horowitz for more information.

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