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 Outreach Event Grant provides assistance for DHS members to convene a public event to promote design history beyond a traditional academic setting. This Grant is part of the Society's aim to promote the field of design history and to play a role in shaping inclusive and innovative forums, support activities that offer new perspectives on how design history can engage diverse audiences, and contribute to public discourse that reaches wider communities.

The DHS Outreach & Events Grant will award a total of up to ¬£250 to successful applicants. Applications are welcome all year round, with the exception of events scheduled during or around the annual DHS conference. Grants will not be considered to cover retrospective costs that have already been incurred and paid for. ‚ÄčApplicants 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.

Applications should be submitted at least 3 months prior to the proposed event. 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).

The DHS Outreach & Events Grant is open to DHS members anywhere in the world.

Full details on the award, including eligibility, assessment criteria are provided in the Application Form & Guidance Notes on the right hand side of this page. 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 Outreach and Events Grant and must include the DHS logo.

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

All applicants will be notified, by e-mail, of the outcome of their submission within 6 weeks of the application submission.


Application form