The Research Exhibition Grant is awarded by the DHS annually to assist those engaged in design history research that leads to an exhibition or display. The exhibition or display may be permanent or temporary, and take a physical and/or digital format. Specifically, the Grant may be used towards:

  • Photocopying and scanning costs; permission costs and copyright clearance for use of images in the exhibition of display
  • Costs incurred for research travel, including travel and accommodation for archive visits, conference attendance, conducting interviews, library, museum and collection visits and other primary and secondary research activities directly linked to the exhibition outcome.

A total of £1,500 is awarded annually for the Research Exhibition Grant. This sum is divided amongst several applications deemed of high merit, at the discretion of a judging panel drawn from the DHS Executive Committee. Parts of a request might be funded and others rejected. The total project budget may be of any size, but individual applicant's funding requests should not exceed £1,000. Applicants are required to give as detailed a budget as possible.

A full description of the award, including eligibility, assessment criteria and all other details can be found in the Guidance Notes on the right hand side of this page.

The Research Exhibition Grant is open to all scholars (including students) working individually or collaboratively anywhere in the world –whether independently or in the employ of an institution. Applicants do not need to be members of the DHS to apply for this grant.

Please send your completed application form by 15th March via email to the DHS administrator Elli Michaela Young (designhistorysociety@gmail.com)

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission within 8 weeks of the application deadline.

Guidance Notes

Download Guidance Notes here