Semi-Annual Research Award!

We are happy to announce our Semi-Annual Research Award!

This year we have decided to distribute two awards: one to a student (MA or PhD) and one to a professional researcher (individual, not whole institutions). Each award will be for $200. US applicants only, please.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016. Awards will be decided by May 1 and distributed by May 15, 2016. Please note: Anyone who has been a contributor or intern with Worn Through within the past two years (from April 1, 2014) is ineligible for the award.

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. These awards are not meant for institutions. Teams, groups, and co-researchers are accepted.

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; or in any other way necessary toward completion or dissemination of the applicant’s project.

Worn Through is invested in the study of dress from an academic perspective. Therefore, 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.

The portion of the project that utilizes award funds must be completed by December 31, 2016.  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 procedures: Email 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 that shows 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, please include a short bio (approximately 100-200 words) of each applicant included in the project and/or CV(s). These projects can be team based, if desired.

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 on all of your research projects and thank you for your participation!


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