The CMCS Graduate Research Fund in Black and African American Material Culture Studies

The Center for Material Culture Studies is pleased to offer support on a competitive basis for eligible University of Delaware graduate students whose research addresses Black and/or African American Material Culture Studies. CMCS is unable to fund membership and/or subscription fees and payments to non-UD individuals (such as honoraria for talks or interviews). Please note: this funding may not be used to support travel during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Up to $500 per awardee is available through the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. Members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. 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 their research 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 to with “Graduate Research Fund: Black and African-American Material Culture Studies” in the subject field:

  • a brief statement (250-500 words, double-spaced) about your research
  • a detailed budget (please include other funding you anticipate receiving or for which you are applying in support of this work)
  • a current CV
  • Please arrange to have your advisor send a letter of reference to

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.