Please be informed that due to Covid-19 the Research Travel & Conference Grant has been postponed to 2021. We will advertise a new date in due course. In the mean time please consider applying for the Virtual Design History Pathway.


The Research Travel and Conference Grant is awarded by the DHS annually to assist those need to travel to conduct essential research for their design history scholarship or to present new research at key academic conferences. Specifically, the grant may be used towards:

  • 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
  • Registration fees, travel and accommodation costs to present a paper, poster or convene a session at an academic conference

A total of £3,000 is awarded annually for the Research Travel and Conference 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 and evidenced a budget as possible. Applicants are required to provide evidence of acceptance and registration if the grant is conference related. 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 Travel and Conference Grant is only open to DHS members.

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).

Student submissions are not eligible; students are encouraged to apply for the Student Travel Award.

Please send your completed application form by 15th May via email to the DHS administrator:

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission within 6 weeks of the application deadline.

Guidance Notes and Application Form

Download here