Deadline extended to 2nd February 2024 due to membership subscription delays

The Research Publication Grant is awarded by the DHS annually to assist those engaged in design history research with the publication of their research in research-based outputs, such as peer-reviewed journal articles or books published by an academic press or museum institution. The grant can be used to assist with the following costs for publications solely or collaboratively authored or edited by the applicant:

  • Cost of reproduction and permission clearance to use copyrighted images in publications
  • Production subvention costs issued by the publisher
  • Processing charges related to Open Access
  • Payment to individuals (not the author or editor) for proofreading and/or indexing of publications

1. Overview

1.a A total of £3,000 is awarded annually for the Research Publication 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 who undertake a blind peer review of anonymous applications.

1.b Individual applicant's funding requests cannot exceed £1,000. Applicants are required to give as detailed and evidenced a budget as possible. Grants cannot cover retrospective costs that have already been incurred and paid for prior to the submission of your application.

1.c 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.d All outcomes of the award/grant must acknowledge the Design History Society Research Publication Grant and must include the DHS logo.

2. The Application Process

2.a The deadline for applications is 11:59pm GMT on 31 January 2024. No applications submitted after these dates will be considered. 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 Student submissions are not eligible for this grant; students are encouraged to apply for the Student Research Access Award.

3.c Unsuitable costs might include but are not limited to: costs incurred for online-only publications; publications not available in the English language; teaching cover.

3.d For image-related applications, the applicant is required to submit a numbered list of confirmed illustrations along a list of individual image costs. All applicants are required to attached clearly presented quotations for costings.

3.e The applicant is required to submit written evidence that the publication is scheduled to be published within 18 months of the application deadline.

3.f Only one application per author, editor or publication will be considered per calendar year.

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

Download application form here