The Day Symposium Grant assists DHS members to convene a symposium to discuss and disseminate design history research. The grant is part of the Society's aim to promote and support high quality, original research in the field of design history and to play a role in shaping an inclusive and innovative field.

​Applicants are also encouraged to apply for the Virtual Event Grant should they wish to create a podcast series. The editing of a podcast series may be undertaken in house by our DHS administrator dependent upon the quality of the recording and complexity of content. Please indicate the length in minutes and number of episodes of the series in the application and the Society will determine viability and funding for in house support.

The grant can be used to assist with covering the cost of speakers’ standard class return travel to the Symposium location only within the country in which the Symposium is being held.

    1. Overview

    A total of up to £750 is awarded to a successful applications for a day symposium.

    1.b The event must be free for all delegates to attend.

    1.c Applications are granted if deemed of high merit, at the discretion of a judging panel drawn from the DHS Executive Committee who undertake a blind peer review of anonymous applications.

    1.d Grants cannot cover retrospective costs that have already been incurred and paid for prior to the submission of your application.

    Inter-disciplinary projects are welcomed providing they demonstrate a genuine focus upon design history. Applications involving collaborations across multiple institutions, localities and/or constituencies are especially encouraged.

    All outcomes of the grant must acknowledge the Design History Society and must include the DHS logo.

    2. The Application Process

    2.a Applications are welcome all year round, with the exception of symposia scheduled during or around the annual DHS conference. Applications should be sent to the DHS administrator, Jenna Allsopp at:

    The application form can be downloaded from this webpage or requested via email from the DHS administrator, Jenna Allsopp at:

    2.c Applicants are requested not to send CVs, as these will not be taken into consideration in the judging process.

    2.d We aim to inform all applicants of the outcome of their submission within three weeks of the submission deadline via email.

    3. Eligibility

    3.a This grant is only open to members of the Society.

    3.b Unsuitable costs include, but are not limited to: equipment, subsistence (i.e. food and drink, support for this should be sought from applicant’s institution), any alcohol, higher than standard class travel, international return travel to the symposium venue, accommodation, teaching cover, administration or other employment related to the symposium, venue hire, a ticketed symposium or any symposium linked to a book launch.

    The symposium must take place within 12 months of the application submission.

    4. Assessment Criteria

    Applications are anonymised and judged on the following criteria:

    • original and significant contribution of the outlined activity to the discipline of design history and its dissemination
    • impact the event will have in facilitating collaboration across a global design history community and furtherance of research in our field
    • articulated and appropriate objectives, strategies and implementation
      clear demonstration of how the project will be realizable in terms of technology and archival preservation
    • contribution to the aims and activities of the Society which aims to support activity that cannot be effectively or entirely funded through other funding avenues
    • suitability of the applicant(s) to achieve the proposed project
    • feasibility of timeline, outcomes and efficacy of dissemination by virtual means
    • value for money and justification of costs

    Priority will be given to applications which provide sufficient, detailed information of all of the above.

    5. Dissemination

    5.a Recipients of this grant are asked to provide a report of 500-800 words of their project (with a copy-right free image and caption) to be published on the DHS website, within 6 months of notification of receipt of the award.

    5.b Recipients must acknowledge the contribution of the DHS through the inclusion of the Society’s logo in any published or public presentation. Logos can be obtained from the DHS administrator.

    6. We wish to remind our applicants that;

    • the DHS is committed to supporting equalities and therefore invites applicants to reflect on and state clearly how their proposed projects address inequalities.
    • the DHS is also committed to addressing sustainability issues and invites applicants to state how their project has been shaped with an environmentally-conscious approach (in relation to travel, participation and use of resources).

    Application Form

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