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 Student Research Access Award is awarded by the DHS bi-annually to encourage and support research activity amongst students in the field of design history. The award is open to all student members of the Society. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at any institution and undertaking research in the field of design history of any geography and period.

The Student Research Access Award may be used towards the costs incurred for research trips including travel to conferences, accommodation, travel and other research expenses (e.g. photocopying costs, library membership).

Applicants are judged on the following criteria:

· Contribution to the discipline of design history

· Impact the award will make on the student's research

· Qualification of applicant to conduct the proposed research

· Contribution to the activities and aims of the Design History Society

We also 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).

A total of £3,000 is available per year. Successful applicants will be awarded a maximum of £500 each. Parts of a request might be funded and others rejected. Awards will not be considered to cover retrospective costs that have already been incurred and paid for.

Recipients of a Student Research Access Award must provide a report of their visit and research conducted to be published in the Design History Society Newsletter and on the website within six weeks of completion of visit. With reference to postgraduate recipients, if the results are publishable in an article format, recipients are encouraged to approach the Journal of Design History for consideration for submission.

The Design History Society's contribution must be acknowledged in any public dissemination of the resulting research and must include the DHS logo. A copy of any publication funded by a Student Research Access Award must be sent for inclusion in the Design History Society's archive held at Cowcross Street.

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.

The deadline for applications occurs twice a year: 18 January 2023 and 26 April 2023. This helps accommodate and support a greater breadth and amount of applications for this award. Applicants are notified of the outcome of their submission within 6 weeks of the application deadline.

Please submit your completed application form by email and any further enquiries to Design History Society at:

Guidance Notes

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Application Form

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