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 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. 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 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. 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 award/grant must acknowledge the Design History Society Research Exhibition Grant and must include the DHS logo on the landing page.

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).

Please send your completed application form by 26 April 2023 via email to the DHS administrator:

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

Guidance Notes

Download Guidance Notes and application form here.