These notes have been produced to guide applicants in the submission process. Please contact the Design History Society administrator at: designhistorysociety@gmail.com if you have any queries further to the below.


1. The Award

1.a The Virtual Design History Student Award will be awarded by the DHS in 2020 amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic to encourage interaction, debate and research activity in design history proposed by students. The DHS aims to play a role in shaping an inclusive field supporting engaging, high quality, original activity anywhere in the globe that has the potential to have a significant or transformative impact on the subject area and beyond.

1.b Successful applicants will be selected from proposals received no later than 12 midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 30 June 2020. The total funding for all projects will be £1,000; this sum will be divided amongst several applications deemed of high merit, at the discretion of a judging panel drawn from the DHS Executive Committee who vet anonymised applications. Parts of a request might be funded and others rejected. The total project budget may be of any size, but requests for individual funding should not exceed £150.

1.c All applications must contain full and correct information about the project to be conducted. Any grant made by the DHS will be given towards the activity as described in the application form and declared in the detailed budget. Any change in the project must be communicated immediately to the DHS and approved. No further funds will be granted beyond the agreed proposed budget and the DHS reserves the right to withdraw, withhold or request reimbursement, of the grant.

1.d Payments of the Virtual Design History Student Award are managed through the Society's Treasurer. Successful applicants will be contacted by the Society’s Treasurer within two weeks of notification of the outcome of their grant in order to arrange payment. Please refer to 2.e for details regarding the notification of the outcome of applications.


2. The Application Process

2.a The deadline for applications is 12 midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 30 June 2020. No applications submitted after these dates will be considered.

2.b All applicants are required to fill in all of Section I of the application form. Section II of the application form must be completed by a referee not directly involved in the project which should be emailed directly to the DHS administrator from their institutional email also before 12 midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 30 June 2020. The application form can be downloaded from the DHS website or requested via email from the DHS administrator Jenna Allsopp at: designhistorysociety@gmail.com.

2.c Applicants are requested not to send CVs, as these will not be taken into consideration in the judging process.

2.d Completed application forms should be submitted by email to: designhistorysociety@gmail.com.

2.e All applicants should be notified of the outcome of their submission within three weeks of the submission deadline via email.


3. Eligibility

3.a The Virtual Design History Student Award is open to all students entering their final-year of undergraduate study in 2021 and all postgraduate students in the field of design history. (Applicants must provide proof of student status). The award is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students internationally. 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 encouraged.

3.b Student scholars are also encouraged to apply for the Essay prize. Students and Early career and independent researchers are also encouraged to apply for the Design Writing Prize.

3.c The Virtual Design History Student Award may be used towards appropriate costs incurred by facilitating and producing the final proposed virtual outcome.

3.d The project outcome must be presentable and accessible through one of the DHS virtual platforms (Podbean, Blog, Instagram, You Tube, etc.) and permanently archived there.

3.e Unsuitable costs might include, but are not limited to: travel, accommodation, physical equipment, subsistence (food and drink), employment of other persons to conduct research.

3.f Applicants are required to give as detailed a budget as possible, including a clear identification and itemisation of the proposed costs. No further funds will be granted beyond the agreed budget.


4. Assessment Criteria

The DHS Virtual Design History Student Award is assessed by a judging panel composed of trustees on the DHS Executive Committee. Applications are judged on the following criteria:

· original and significant contribution of the outlined activity to the discipline of design history and its dissemination

· impact the award will make on the student, early career and independent collaboration and research

· 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 Design History Society. (Please see the DHS website for details of events). The Society 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 outcomes and efficacy of dissemination by virtual means

· value for money and justification of costs

Specificity is strongly encouraged: priority will be given to applications which provide sufficient, detailed information of the exact content and context of the outlined activity, a realistic demonstration of the technological implementation of the project, the intended use of funds, the planned outputs and outcomes, the rationale for the project proposed and its contribution to the field of design history and the Design History Society.


5. Dissemination

5.a Recipients of this Virtual Design History Student Award must provide a report of their project to be published in the Design History Society Newsletter and/or on the DHS website, within 6 months of notification of receipt of the award. Recipients are to send articles of up to 1,000 words, with a copy-right free image plus a caption, via email to the administrator designhistorysociety@gmail.com If the nature of the project funded prohibits this deadline, recipients are to contact the administrator explaining the situation and the appropriateness of an alternative submission date.

5.b Any outcome that is the result of the Virtual Design History Student Award must be provided to the Design History Society Administrator for inclusion in the Design History Society’s website and preservation in its archives within no more than a calendar year.


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).