The EDI Strategic Research Grant expresses the Society's work to lead the academic commitment to design history research. Founded in 2012 to encourage design history research in geographies beyond the west and post-colonial perspectives, as of 2015 the EDI Strategic Research Grant is an annual award. The Grant supports original and significant research in geographies beyond the west, post-colonial, and other areas, themes, and methods that have either been overlooked or underrepresented in the field but are important to its future development. Applicants must be engaged in research leading to a conference paper or published outcome such as a peer-review journal or other academic publication.

The grant can be used to assist with the following costs:

  • Costs incurred during research trips, including: travel and accommodation to conduct vital primary or secondary research; photocopying and scanning costs at archives or libraries; library memberships
  • Cost of reproduction and permission clearance to use copyrighted images in publications authored by the applicant
  • Production subvention costs issued by the publisher of a publication authored by the applicant
  • Registration fees, travel and accommodation costs to present a paper, poster or convene a session at an academic conference

A total of £1,000 is awarded annually for the EDI Strategic Research 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 £500. 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 on the right hand side of this page.

The EDI Strategic Research 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.


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 15 December via email to DHS administrator: designhistorysociety@gmail.com.

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