Peirce Fellowships award undergraduates the opportunity to conduct significant original research that they would otherwise be unable to conduct using resources from the Special Collections & Archives at Goucher College. Each fellowship will result in a tangible product, such as a research paper, website, short story, documentary, finding aid, or artwork.

Fellows are selected each semester on a competitive basis and are awarded stipends up to $1,500.

To apply: Brooke and Carol Peirce shared a deep love of the humanities and the arts. They sought to bring literature, history, drama, and poetry alive to their students and to deepen their creative and curious minds. In this spirit, please submit a one- to two-page proposal along with an application form. To print the application, click here. Be sure to include what sparked your interest and led you to apply, as well as, your intended end product, any anticipated expenses, and previous research experience. Fellows are required to select a faculty sponsor.

Prior to application, students are strongly urged to make an appointment with the SC&A staff to discuss their proposal and collections that will support their proposed research. Applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee that includes Goucher staff and faculty and community members. Applicants will be contacted via email. You may email Kate Dannals at with questions or to make an appointment.

2011 Summer Fellows
Lisa Charron '13 and Andrea Heymann '12

2011 Spring Fellows
Morissa Rothman-Peirce '13 and Ben Snyder '13

  • For the 2011-2012 academic year, Ben was awarded the Mahoney Scholarship to spend the year at Oxford University's Mansfield College where he will continue his research on Goucher College's co-founder and second president, John Franklin Goucher, as a Brooke & Carol Peirce Fellow. His research will focus on "Goucher College's commitment to study abroad from its creation beginning with Dr. Goucher's fascination with Egypt, including the two mummies he brought back to the United States in 1895."

2010 Fall Fellow
Dan Benyishay '11

2010 Spring Fellows 
Oliver Cole '10,  Anne McLaughlin '10, Lucie Ferguson '10, and Maura Roth-Gormley '10

  • Maps and Plans by Cole and McLaughlin, click here.
  • Original illustrations and prints inspired by Mother Goose by Lucie Ferguson '10. (Coming soon!)
  • Introduction to Better Dead Than Coed? Telling the Story of Coeducation at Goucher College, Roth-Gormley's thesis, click here.
  • Peirce Center Fellowship presentations, click here.

2009 Spring Fellows
Kate Dannals '09 and Alayna Giovannitti '10

  • Giovannitti and Arnold Sanders, professor of English, explored the library's first American edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit. Their research inspired a daylong public reading and a publication on this rare holding. See project website.