Collections-Based Seminar or Workshop Grant

The Center for Material Culture Studies is pleased to offer support on a competitive basis for eligible University of Delaware graduate students to participate in a collectionsbased seminar or workshop with significant material culture content.  Funds may be used to help offset registration expenses at graduate student rates.

Up to $250 per awardee is available through the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. A total of two grants will be awarded in 2021-22. Preference shall be given to students who are advanced in their studies. Awardees agree to submit a one-paragraph report (250 words) within one month of completing the seminar or workshop and no later than the end of the academic year in which the grant funds were disbursed.

The deadlines for applications for support for the current academic year are November 1 and March 15. Applications will be accepted one month before the deadlines. To apply, submit the following materials (preferably as a single Word document or PDF) to materialculture@udel.edu with “Collections-Based Seminar or Workshop Grant” in the subject field:

  • a brief description of the seminar or workshop, how it relates to material culture studies, and how it will help you to advance your research in material culture (250-500 words, double-spaced)
  • a detailed budget (please be as specific as possible about anticipated costs, and list other funding sources and amounts you will apply for in support of this work)
  • a current CV
  • Please arrange to have your advisor send a letter of reference to materialculture@udel.edu.

In accepting a grant the awardee allows CMCS to use any original materials they submit (such as a report and images) for promotional purposes, which could include posting to the website.

Please note the following terms for CMCS awards for graduate students:
  • Funding caps: doctoral students are eligible to receive a maximum of $3500 in CMCS awards (excluding DELPHI fellowships) over the duration of their degree programs; masters students are eligible to receive a maximum of $2000 in CMCS awards (excluding DELPHI fellowships) over the duration of their degree programs.
  • Acceptance of CMCS awards: awardees are responsible for checking and confirming their eligibility to accept and hold a CMCS award free of conflict, and concurrently with, any other department, program, or university awards.