Amidst the ongoing pandemic, the DHS Trustees recognise that the use of awarded funding is contingent upon volatile local restrictions. Any grants or awards allocated may be postponed for up to a year, thereafter a new application should be submitted. All symposia and outreach events should be designed in a virtual or hybrid format (i.e. virtual as well as in person) to ensure the maximum equity of access and resilience amidst ongoing uncertainties.


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

The DHS Day Symposium Grant will award a total of up to £750 to successful applicants. The Day Symposium can take place anywhere in the world, however the event must be held in the English language. Applicants may propose to hold the Symposium at the DHS premises in London, and are invited to discuss this option with the DHS Administrator.

Applications should be submitted for 18 Jan and 26 April. Applications for activities are encouraged for any point in the year with the exception the fortnight of the annual DHS conference (last week of August/first week of September).

Applications are welcome all year round, with the exception of symposia scheduled during or around the annual DHS conference. ​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 the following costs:

  • The DHS Day Symposium Grant can be used to assist the following costs: speakers’ standard class return travel to the Symposium location only within the country in which the Symposium is being held; if the Symposium is proposed to be held at the DHS premises (weekdays, 9.30am-5.30pm only) please include the costs of DHS Administration for up to 2 hours to enable conveners access to premises 45 minutes prior to event and to ensure return of premises to order after the event. Any further draw on the Society Administrator will be billed to the grant recipient
  • 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

Grants will not be considered to cover retrospective costs that have already been incurred and paid for.

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 Day Symposium Grant is only open to DHS members. 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.

We also 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).
  • All outcomes of the award/grant must acknowledge the Design History Society Day Symposium Grant and must include the DHS logo.

Please send your completed application form at least 3 months prior to the planned date of the symposium, to the DHS Administrator:

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission within 6 weeks.