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 Outreach and Events Grant can be used to assist the following costs:

  • reception catering (with the exception of alcohol)
  • venue and equipment hire
  • up to £100 for a speaker’s honorarium
  • speakers’ standard class return travel to the event location only within the country in which the event is being held.

1. Overview

1.a A total of up to £250 is awarded to a successful applications for an outreach event.

The event must be free for all delegates to attend.

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.

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

1.e 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.

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

2. The Application Process

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

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

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

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

3. Eligibility

This grant is only open to members of the Society.

Unsuitable costs include, but are not limited to: any alcohol, higher than standard class travel, international return travel to the event venue, accommodation, teaching cover, administration or other employment related to the event

3.c The event 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 implementationclear 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

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.

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 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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