2017 Grant Awardees & 2018 Funding Opportunities

The Center is pleased to announce and congratulate eleven awardees for the 2017 academic year. Learn more about the winners of our competitive grants below, then peruse the opportunities for 2018.

The CMCS Graduate Research Publication Subvention Fund
Karli Wurzlbacher, Department of Arty History
Publication: “19th-Century Tinsel Painting Meets Modernism”  in the Notes section of the 2017 volume of the Journal of Glass Studies, published annually by the Corning Museum of Glass

The CMCS Faculty Research Publication Subvention Fund
Jason Hill, Department of Art History
Publication: Artist as Reporter: Weegee, Ad Reinhardt, and the PM News Picture (Univ. of California, forthcoming 2018)

Steven Sidebotham, Department of History
Publication: S.E. Sidebotham, J.E. Gates-Foster and J.-L. Rivard, eds. and contributors, The Archaeological Survey of the Desert Roads between Berenike and the Nile Valley: Expeditions by the University of Michigan and the University of Delaware to the Eastern Desert of Egypt, 1988-2015 (American Schools of Oriental Research-Archaeological Research Series). Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research.

The CMCS Graduate Research Presentation Fund
Maribel Beas, Department of Art History
SOStierra 2017, the International Conference on Vernacular Earthen Architecture, Conservation and Sustainability

Mariana Di Giacomo, Preservation Studies
45th annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC)

Michael Emmons, Preservation Studies
British Group in Early American History Annual Meeting in Portsmouth, England, August 31-September 3, 2017

Michelle Frederick, Department of Art History
“European Court Culture and Greenwich Palace, 1500-1750,” presented jointly by the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House, Greenwich, in April 2017

Sabena Kull, Department of Art History
2017 Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois

Anna Lacy, Department of History
 “What Did They Eat? Where Did They Stay? Mapping Black Boardinghouses and the Colored Conventions Movement” at American Studies Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois

Sam Nystrom, Department of English
2017 La Pietra Conference in Florence, Italy

Seda Oz, Department of English
“Materialization of the Immaterial: Narrative and Memory as an Object of Nostalgia in Screen Adaptations of Brideshead Revisited,” t at the 12th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference: “Returns”

The CMCS Graduate Research Travel Fund
Rachael Vause, Department of Art History
Research travel related to project on the affective dimensions of the medieval wearable cross

Finkel Fund
Madison Brockman, Winterthur / University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Summer internship at the UCLA Library

Annabelle Fitchner, Department of Art Conservation
Attendance at the Balkan Heritage Field School and subsequent internship at Harvard’s Peabody Museum

Rockwood Fund
Sarah Leonard, Department of Art History
Support for research on William Morris’s relationship to the Thames River and its tributaries


The Center for Material Culture Studies is pleased to offer several sources of funding the University of Delaware’s graduate students and faculty pursuing research related to material culture studies. Learn more about each funding opportunity below:

CMCS Undergraduate Summer Scholar
Students receive $3,500 for participating in the program
If applying, please inform Victoria Sunnergren via e-mail at vsunner@udel.edu.
Application Deadline: March 1

The CMCS Faculty Research Publication Subvention Fund
Up to $1,800 per award to subvent faculty publications
Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15

Collections-Based Seminar or Workshop
Up to $750 awarded per M.A. or PhD student
Application Deadline: March 15

The CMCS Graduate Research Presentation Fund
Up to $1,000 each for up to 8 students to support graduate students presenting original research at a public venue
Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15

The CMCS Graduate Research Publication Subvention Fund
Up to $500 each for up to 4 students to support graduate student publications
Application Deadline: October 15 March 15

Friends of Rockwood Fund
Up to $1,500 to support a graduate student researching Victorian-era material culture
Application Deadline: March 15

Finkel Fund
Up to $3,000 to support undergraduate or graduate students accepted for a material culture related internship in Summer, 2017
Application Deadline: March 15

The CMCS Graduate Research Travel Fund
Up to $1,500 each for up to 6 graduate students pursuing research or fieldwork in material culture studies
Application Deadline: October 15 and April 15

In addition to these funding opportunities which require full applications–details for each in respective links–the Center is please to offer funding to subsidize field trips with a MC component (involving visits to collections, fieldwork). These awards, up to $500, are reserved for undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Delaware. Awards are on an ad hoc basis and interested parties can send requests to materialculture@udel.edu.

Banner image courtesy of Winterthur Museum Collection Digital Database: T110.1 textile, printed design repeat. England, 1845-1855.