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Admission is by fellowship only for full-time participation. All students admitted to the Program receive full tuition and a stipend during the two-year course of study, beginning July 1st of the first year and ending May 31 of the second year.


Prospective Student Visit Days

We know how valuable it is for prospective students to see collections and facilities, meet faculty and current students. The Program schedules four visit days during the fall, opens some student presentations to the public outside of visit days, and arranges telephone interviews for applicants that are unable to visit in person.  Visit days are  optional, but we require pre-registration  due to limited space.

To arrange a place at one of the visit days, attend a public event, or schedule a phone conversation prior to your application, please email winterthurprogram@udel.edu or call 302-831-2678.   please attach a current resume or CV with your academic/professional background in your email to register for a Visit Day. Of course, you may also visit the Winterthur Museum on your own; for directions, times, and ticket information http://www.winterthur.org/?p=744

  1. Visit Days
  2. Visiting On Your Own
  3. Organizing Other Arrangements If Unable To Visit

Visit Days 2016: Friday, October 14 and 21, and Friday, November 4 and 11

Visit days occur four times a year, and are the most informative experience for the prospective student considering a Fall 2017 admission. Plan to arrive at Winterthur at 9:15 am in the Visitor Center. The day will begin promptly at 9:30 AM with the thesis seminar. In this class, prospective students will hear two second year fellows present on their thesis research. These presentations are followed by questions and comments by Program faculty and other Fellows. The presentations give applicants a  sense of the supportive and stimulating scholarly environment the Program fosters.

When the seminar is complete, prospective students will remain in the classroom with the Director of the Program. The Director will speak about the Program’s mission,  methods, faculty,  collections, and, professional paths the Winterthur training leads to. Prospective students are free to ask questions.

Following the Seminar, applicants are invited to have lunch with several current Fellows at the museum café. This is a good time for prospective students to speak at greater length with current students and to ask more detailed questions about the Program such as the application process, field-based learning, classes at the University of Delaware, and housing. These conversations also demonstrate the variety of backgrounds and interests that Fellows bring to the Program.

Prospective students then attend a custom library collections tour and an introductory museum collections tour.

On the library tour, prospective students can expect to see later objects (up to and through the twentieth century) in the form of rare books, manuscripts, and printed ephemera. Librarians will explain the breadth and specific strengths of the library collection, as well as how these collections are used in the classroom.

Finally, prospective students will attend an introductory museum tour. This tour will explain the history of the collections and the museum in greater detail, and will show prospective students some of the object collections.

For a larger sampling of collection objects and their interpretation, prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the museum galleries. The galleries are self-guided, and prospective students can study what they wish. The galleries also display new and rotating exhibits.

To reserve a place at a visit day, please e-mail winterthurprogram@udel.edu with your resume or CV attached to provide an understanding of your educational goals.

Visiting Outside of Visit Days

We  encourage prospective students to attend the annual thesis presentations held during the last week of May. Fellows are each given fifteen minutes to present their thesis research. Fellows are tasked with succinctly and clearly explaining a year’s worth of research. Like the thesis seminars on scheduled visit days, prospective students will gain a much richer understanding of the variety of topics that Fellows study and the quality of research the Program makes possible. The next thesis presentations will take place May 26, 2016, at the Winterthur Museum 1:30 – 5:30 pm. Only pre-registered guests will be admitted to the presentations. Please request registration in advance of your attendance to winterthurprogram@udel.edu.

Unable to Visit

If you are unable to visit, we encourage prospective students to set up a phone appointment with the Program Director to speak more in depth about their professional and academic background, hear about the Program in greater detail, or ask any questions about the Program and application process. Email winterthurprogram@udel.edu to  arrange a phone conversation at a mutually convenient time.



Students must apply to the Program through the Office of Graduate Studies using the online application form available at: http://grad.udel.edu/apply/

All applicants must submit an application, GRE scores, transcript(s), 3 letters of recommendation, a curriculum vitae, a Graduate School essay, an academic writing sample, a personal writing sample, and any other materials delineated by the Graduate Office. There is an application fee. The Graduate Office web site will explain the details and procedures.

All students must also contact the Program Secretary, Ms. Carol Steinbrecher, via email. She will send each applicant supplementary information and forms as an email attachment (in Word format). Applicants should import them into their word processor, fill them out, and scan/email  or print these forms and return via U.S. mail  to the Program Office at the address listed below.

All material must be submitted no later than January 15 for admission the following September.

An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted. GRE scores are valid only if they have been taken within the last 5 years.  The University of Delaware’s GRE institution code is 005811-5101. Please allow 4-6 weeks from your test date to the date your score will be received by the University of Delaware. Given the number of holidays in the latter part of the year, it is recommended that you schedule your GRE test before November 1, to be received by the January 15th deadline of application materials.  In the case of a student for whom English is not the first language, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores may be substituted for the verbal score to calculate the minimum GRE total.

The ETS University of Delaware institution code is “5811“. You only need to submit the University code of 5811. No department code is needed for our institution.

Successful applicants must participate in interview weekend, conducted by the Executive Committee of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and normally held over three days during the second or third weekend in March at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. Reasonable costs for travel and lodging to attend interview weekend are paid for by the Winterthur Program.

To ask about application status, set up a preliminary interview, or request further information, email winterthurprogram@udel.edu or call 302-831-2678.


Mailing Address

Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
University of Delaware
Newark DE 19711

Office location and delivery address for express mail
Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
77 East Main Street
Newark DE 19711
tel. 302-831-2678

CHECKLIST OF APPLICATION MATERIALS (DEADLINE January 15, 2016, 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time):










2. Email (cbstein@udel.edu) or mail to: Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19711


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Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
University of Delaware   •   Newark, DE 19716   •   USA
Phone: (302) 831-2678

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