Second Annual Research Award: Due Feb 1


We are once again offering our Annual Research Award to our readers. This year, we have decided to distribute two awards, one to a student (any level) and one to a non-student.

Two awards for $250 each.

Award Details: The purpose of these awards is to provide funding to assist independent scholars, students, museum personnel or university instructors for professional projects in the field of fashion, dress, and textile studies. Holding an academic degree in the topic is not required for the awardee. This is not meant for institutions. Teams, groups, and co-researchers are accepted.

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2014, awards decided by Mar 1 and distributed by Mar 15, 2014.

NOTE: Anyone who has been a contributor or intern with Worn Through within the past two years is ineligible (two years since Feb 1, 2012, going from the due date).

Purpose: The award could be used to assist with image licensing or other publication fees; travel such as that for research, interviews, or to see a collection; conference attendance fees if presenting; purchasing technology such as software or a recording device; or in any other way necessary toward completion or dissemination of the applicant’s project. This is a blog geared toward the study of dress from an academic perspective, thus, projects submitted for award consideration should be academic in approach and rigor, and should include history, theory, academic literature, and meet all appropriate standards of consent and protections from human subjects. Should the project require Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for the applicant’s research, obtaining that approval shall be the sole responsibility of the applicant and proof should be included with the application if use of the award pertains to an IRB matter.

Details: The portion of the project that utilizes award funds must be completed BY DECEMBER 31, 2014. By the end of this time period the awardee is responsible for submitting a blog post for publication on Worn Through about the project and how the award was used as well as all related receipts.

Application: Send a document (Word, Pages, or PDF) of approximately 500 words with a proposed research plan and explain how the award would be of value to the research. If this is for a small portion of a larger project, please include details on the entire project, such as methodology and long-term goals. If this is for travel funds, explain what would be gained from said research trip or conference attendance.

Also, separate from the word count, include a budget worksheet for the entire project that would show how the award would contribute to the project’s success. Indicate which line items in the worksheet will be impacted by this award. Be specific about how this money would be used and how the applicant would benefit from these funds. Worn Through is looking to assist worthwhile projects get completed and disseminated, and aspires to assist those in financial need.

Additionally, include an approximately 100-200 word bio of each applicant included in the project and/or CV(s).

Contact: Email to Worn Through Founder & Editor Monica Sklar.

Selection Process: The Worn Through team will collaboratively select the recipients after reviewing all completed submissions. Only submissions complete by the deadline will be reviewed. We reserve the right to split the award in half if there are two equally deserving applications.

Best of Luck an all of your Research Projects and Thank You for Your Participation!

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  • Evette Nixon March 04, 2014 09.37 am

    Please keep this research award programming going. I just stumbled upon your site and I have a few things that I would like to do research on and present. To be be granted such an award would be amazing. I wish I had of known about it before, because it would have came in handy for supplies on a Pingat gown that I would love to recreate and present.

  • Monica Sklar March 04, 2014 10.24 am

    we take a large portion of advertising revenue and put it toward awards. so as long as we get some ads each year, we can keep doing it. thank you for your interest.


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