​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.


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 Event Grant (Professional) will be awarded by the DHS to encourage interaction, debate and research activity in design history proposed by established, early career and independent researchers. (Students are not eligible to apply for this Grant, but are encouraged to apply for the Virtual Design History Award). The Virtual Event Grant represents the Society’s commitment to promoting and supporting virtual access to the field of design history, encouraging transnational dialogue with less negative impact on the environment. 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 The total funding for all successful 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 £200.

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 Event 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 There are two rounds of applications, on 18 January 2023 or 26 April 2023, both to be submitted by 12 midnight (GMT) on those dates. No applications submitted after these dates will be considered.

2.b All applicants are required to fill in all of the application form and submit it and all required additional documentation before the deadline. 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 Event Award is open to established, early career and independent researchers in the field of design history. (Applicants must provide a letter of confirmation if any affiliations are declared). 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.

3.b Established, early career and independent researchers are also encouraged to apply for the Design Writing Prize: https://www.designhistorysociety.org/awards/design-writing-prize.

3.c The Virtual Event Award may be used towards appropriate costs incurred by facilitating and producing the final proposed virtual outcome. ​The editing of a podcast series may be undertaken in house by our DHS administrator dependent upon the quality of the recording and complexity of content, please indicate the length in minutes and number of episodes in the application and the Society will determine the funding required.

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, itemisation and proof of current price points of the proposed costs. No further funds will be granted beyond the agreed budget.

4. Assessment Criteria

The DHS Virtual Event Award is assessed by a judging panel composed of members of DHS Executive Committee. 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 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 timeline, 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 Event Grant (Professional) 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 Event Grant (Professional) 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.

5c. All outcomes of the award/grant must acknowledge the Design History Society Virtual Event Award/Grant and must include the DHS logo on the landing page.

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).