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The Winterthur Program in American Material Culture welcomes applicants.

Admission is by fellowship; Winterthur fellows receive full tuition and stipend during their two-year course of study (22 consecutive months beginning August 1). Full-time participation over the course of two years is required.


Students must apply to the Program through University of Delaware Graduate & Professional Education using the online application form available at:

The Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Class of 2021 applications are due Sunday, January 6, 2019 (11:59 p.m.).


Submit the following application materials online to University of Delaware Graduate & Professional Education:

  • University of Delaware Graduate Admission Application and Fee
  • Graduate Application Essay
    Articulate your educational aspirations, career goals and expectations for how this degree will help you achieve your objectives. Are there areas of special interest to you?
  • Academic Writing Sample
    Please upload a complete academic paper that demonstrates your ability to use evidence, interpret it, and frame an argument. The Winterthur Program requests a minimum length of 7 pages to a maximum length of 20 pages.
    Note that any document uploaded to your application can be no larger than 2.5 MB. If your file exceeds that size, you may want to reduce the file size by scanning at a lower resolution. If you are unable to reduce the file size, email and ask for instructions on how to proceed.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from three professors who know your academic or professional work
  • Graduate Record Examination Scores
    General Test Code for UD is 5811
    Note that we recommend GRE tests be taken by early November to meet our application deadline.
  • Curriculum vitae / resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your academic record from each college or university attended
  • Personal Information / Short Essay Supplemental Form (This 2-page on-line form is part of the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program online application form at: Please fill out on-line, save a copy for your records, and upload as directed.)

Admission begins each year in August with the Program’s Summer Institute at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.


Test Scores:
An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted. 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. GRE scores are valid only if they have been taken within the last 5 years. 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 deadline for 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.

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 weekend in March at Winterthur Museum, Garden & 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 or call 302-831-2678.




Many prospective students value opportunities to see collections and facilities at University of Delaware and Winterthur, meet faculty and talk with current students. You are welcome to visit Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library as a museum visitor during normal open hours. The Program also schedules Visit Days at Winterthur on four Fridays (October / November) and arranges phone appointments with Program faculty for applicants unable to visit.  While these opportunities are encouraged, they are all optional to the application process. Please note, most require pre-registration by email to


Visit Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

We encourage prospective students to visit the Winterthur Museum website at their own convenience. Accessible resources at include the  Museum collections catalog, library catalog, online exhibitions and other digitized resources.

Prospective students may also attend the annual Thesis Presentations typically held on the last Thursday afternoon of May, during which the Second Year Fellows present their research. This event at Winterthur Museum is also the main graduation celebration for the University of Delaware / Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.  Like the Thesis Seminar course that meets on scheduled Visit Days in the fall, this event will introduce prospective students to the variety of topics that Fellows study, the methods they use, and the quality of research the Program expects. Only pre-registered guests will be admitted to Thesis Presentations. To request space(s) at Thesis Presentations, please email

Fall 2018 Visit Days

October 19
October 26
November 2
November 9

Program Visit Days are an informative experience for prospective applicants considering admission to the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. For more information or to reserve a place at one of the four Visit Days, email and attach a current CV or resume.

Visit Days take place at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library on four fall Fridays; preregistration is required. Plan to arrive no later than 8:45 AM in the Visitor Center. Your visit begins with an introduction to the Program’s mission, methods, faculty, collections, application process, and alumni. Prospective applicants are encouraged to ask any questions they have about the program. Your visit also includes attendance at Thesis Seminar. During this class, prospective applicants will hear two second-year fellows present their thesis research, followed by questions and comments by program faculty and other fellows. These presentations give applicants a sense of the scholarly environment the Program fosters.

You are also invited to join current fellows for lunch and conversation at the Visitor Center. You are welcome to purchase lunch there or bring your own. This is a good time to ask more detailed questions about the application process, field-based learning, course offerings at the University of Delaware, housing and other topics.

In the afternoon, you are free to explore Winterthur on your own. Applicants may choose to attend an introductory house tour of Winterthur to see some of its diverse museum collections (complimentary admission is provided). Applicants may also visit the Museum’s 60-acre garden and self-guided galleries which display new and rotating exhibitions. More information on upcoming exhibitions and public programs at Winterthur can be found at

Visit Days October 19 Registration     Visit Days October 26 Registration

Visit Days November 2 Registration     Visit Days November 9 Registration


Speak with the Program Director, Faculty and Staff

Prospective students may schedule a phone appointment with the Program Director, Dr. J. Ritchie Garrison, 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.

To arrange a phone conversation with the Program Director prior to your application, email and attach a current CV or resume.

Prospective students may also schedule a phone appointment with Program faculty and staff at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Please email Dr. Catharine Dann Roeber, Assistant Professor, Decorative Arts and Material Culture at or Dr. Thomas J. Guiler, Manager and Instructor, Academic Programs at and attach a current CV or resume. For additional contact information, see Program Faculty and Staff on this website.



  • Email the Program Office at 
  • Call the Program Office at 302-831-2678
  • Mailing Address
    Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716
  • Office Location and Delivery Address for Express Mail
    Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
    77 East Main Street
    Newark, DE 19711