The Stella Blum Student Research Grant is intended to assist the research of a current undergraduate or graduate student who is a member of the Costume Society of America and conducting original research in the field of North American costume. This $2,000 grant, funded by the CSA Endowment, is awarded annually to provide a student with financial assistance with research (see below for details of allowable and non-allowable expenses). An additional stipend of up to $500, also funded by the CSA Endowment, is awarded to allow the recipient to present the completed research at a CSA National Symposium.
The grant, first awarded in 1987, is named in honor of Stella Blum (1916-1985), a costume curator, educator, writer, scholar, and founding member and Fellow of the Costume Society of America. Affiliated with the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1940, she became its first curator in 1970, and helped to develop costume as an area of serious study.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:be a student matriculating, at the time of the funded research, in a degree program at an accredited institution
propose a research project in the field of North American costume
be a member of the Costume Society of America
Allowable expenses include the following:transportation to and from a research site (away from home or school)
living expenses at research site (away from home or school)
supplies and services such as image reproduction/rights, books, and postage
Non-allowable expenses include the following:living expenses while at home or school
tuition and materials for course work
overhead or indirect costs to any institution
equipment such as cameras and tape recorders
transportation to regional or national meetings of CSA
expenses incurred prior to the date of the written notification of the award, including costs of preparing the application
Completed applications must be postmarked by May 1.
Send six (6) copies of the following:application form (see below)
budget form (see below)
project proposal (double spaced and no more than 1,000 words), including:
introduction to research project, its background and significance
purposes and goals of the research, specific objectives of work to be accomplished, and what questions will be answered
qualifications of researcher, familiarity with subject, course work completed and related courses to be taken during the project, previous research experience, and how the project will benefit the student at this point in his/her academic career and in the long run
methodology, structure of research design, name of research supervisor, and project schedule
application/scholarly presentation of results, and the value of this information to the field of costume research
select bibliography and related resources (not included in word limit)
Send one (1) copy of the following:proof of current student enrollment
official transcripts from all relevant academic work
letters of permission from any research site, museum, or library that the applicant intends to visit for research
To be sent separately:two (2) recommendations (on form below), one from the research project supervisor and another from someone familiar with the applicant's academic record, preferably a faculty member
Ann Wass, Stella Blum Student Research Grant Committee Chair
5903 60th Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737
Applications will be evaluated on:significance, creativity, and innovation of the proposed research topic
impact of the research on the broad field of costume (beyond simply increasing the student’s own knowledge and experience) and applicant’s awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the field of costume
feasibility of time frame, work plan, and budget of the proposed project
time frame/work plan/time table
methodology of the research plan and appropriateness of research sources and bibliography
applicant's qualifications, including familiarity with the subject and previous experience
Applicants will be notified of results by August 15. Both the grant recipient and project advisor must sign the Grant Letter of Agreement; when this is received, a check for half the funds will be sent. The recipient will begin the research by September 15 and complete the project within one year. Upon completion of the project and after receipt of a summary of the research and an expense report, the remainder of the funds will be paid. The recipient will present research results at CSA’s National Symposium; reimbursement of up to $500 of expenses to present at the symposium will be paid upon completion of travel and submission of an expense report. The recipient will submit a short report or a more comprehensive article for publication in Dress by September 15 following the presentation at the National Symposium.
Questions? Contact Ann Wass, Stella Blum Student Research Grant Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name _____________________________ Social Security Number _____________
Current Address ______________________________________________________
Email address ________________________________________________________
Permanent address (if different from above)
Telephone: Day _______________________ Evening ________________________
Answer the following on additional sheets of paper:
1) Brief description of the proposed project (no more than 50 words).
2) Summary of college education. Give name of institution, dates attended, degree earned/date, and major field of study. Send transcript for each institution.
3) High school name and address, year of graduation (or equivalency recognition), and honors, awards, and scholarships received.
4) Professional employment history. List: name of company or institution, dates worked, and position held, beginning with most recent.
5) Related professional activities, memberships, internships and volunteer positions, and publications.
6) Names and contact information of research project supervisor and other person writing recommendations.
Answer the following on additional sheets of paper (round off all costs to nearest dollar):
1) Transportation cost (to and from a research site away from home or school). Indicate dates of travel, means of transportation, and destination. (If using your own car, multiply estimated mileage by 55 cents.)
2) Living expenses at research site (away from home or school).
Food: ________ x _______ days = ___________
Accommodation: _________ x ______ days = __________
3) Services and supplies such as image reproductions/rights, books, and postage (list each type you will use).
4) Any other allowable expenses (give details).
5) Total of projected expenses. If you plan to use additional funds other than those requested from CSA, please state amount and source.
PART I - TO BE COMPLETED BY STUDENT
Student name ________________________________________________________
Proposed project title __________________________________________________
I am applying to the Costume Society of America for a Stella Blum Student Research Grant to conduct a research project on an aspect of North American costume.
I agree that the recommendation I am requesting will be held in confidence by the Costume Society of America, and I hereby waive any rights I have to examine it.
Yes _____ No _____
Signature of applicant ______________________________ Date ______________
PART II-TO BE COMPLETED BY RECOMMENDER (attach additional pages if needed)
Name of recommender _________________________________________________
Institution ________________________________ Position ____________________
Email ___________________________________ Date_______________________
1) How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
2) Please describe applicant’s qualifications, including your evaluation of the student’s scholarship, past academic performance, ability to complete projects, professional promise, and importance of the proposed research project.
Please send the recommendation, postmarked no later than May 1, to: Dr. Ann Wass, 5903 60th Ave., Riverdale MD 20737