The Center for Material Culture Studies is pleased to offer several sources of funding the University of Delaware’s graduate students and faculty. All grant applications with biannual deadlines are due on October 15 and March 15 of each academic year. Those with only one application deadline will specify deadline dates on their respective pages. In the drop-down tabs you will find information regarding the following funding opportunities:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply for more than one CMCS grant?
A: Receiving a CMCS award does not exclude you from consideration for future awards from the Center, even in the same category of award. Except in the case of a DELPHI award, which may be awarded only once in a student’s graduate career at UD.

Q: Can I receive a DELPHI award while receiving other funding for that work?
A: The DELPHI award precludes paid internships.

Q: When will I hear about the status of my application for a Delphi award or other grant application?
A: Award decisions are usually made about three weeks after an award deadline.

Q: What factors does CMCS take into consideration when evaluating award applications?
A: CMCS considers a number of factors:
–for all applications, the depth and degree of material culture content.  More material culture content is favored.
–whether the application is for new research or presentations of new material.  New material is favored.
–for presentations and workshops, the nature of the venue or sponsoring institution.  Institutions with international reputations are favored.
–whether applicants have received CMCS funding previously. Those who have not received CMCS awards previously are favored.