We welcome your application! Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Class of 2026 applications are due January 5th, 2024 (11:59 pm).  The GRE is not required. Apply now to the University of Delaware.

Applications for Fall 2023 admission cycle are now closed.  Please check back for information on applications for the Class of 2026.


  • University of Delaware Graduate Application and Fee

The current application fee is $75.00. Learn more or start your application now.

  • Unofficial Transcript(s)

Please upload transcripts from each college or university attended.

  • 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?

  • Short Essay Supplemental Form

A Winterthur Program specific supplement to the Graduate Application (fillable in browsers other than Firefox), please download, complete, and save—then upload as directed.

  • 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. (For longer papers with images, you may wish to reduce the file size for easier uploading.)

  • Three Letters of Recommendation

When possible, select three professors who know your academic or professional work. Applicants who desire may choose to replace one academic reference with a professional reference. Applicants who are no longer in contact with academic references, or whose recommenders may have retired or passed away, may submit professional references.

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Upload a curriculum vitae or resume. Be sure to include internships or volunteer positions that demonstrate your interest and experience related to material culture study.

  • TOEFL Scores *international students

For International Students only:  Please upload your TOEFL score.

  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the standard University requirement to show proof of English language proficiency. The University of Delaware sets the following minimum scores:
    • TOEFL IBT:
      • Minimum score 79 (100 for some programs)
      • Minimum Speaking score of 18
    • TOEFL paper-based:
      • Minimum score of 550 (600 for some programs) PBT
      • Minimum score of 61 (82 for some programs) PDT
      • Separate evaluation for Speaking Proficiency required

Interview Weekend is conducted by the Executive Committee of the Winterthur Program and is held Thursday through Saturday, mid-March, virtually. Each year, sixteen successful applicants are invited to participate (in-person or virtually) in Interview Weekend. Participation is required to be considered for admission.

All admission offers include a fellowship (22-month stipend) and full tuition scholarship. (Full-time participation over the course of 22 consecutive months, beginning August 1, is expected.)


(All opportunities to learn more are completely optional and are not part of the applicant record.)

  • The Program arranges phone appointments with Program faculty throughout the year.

  • Program Visit Days are scheduled each fall on four Fridays (October / November) at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Please see below for more information.

Fall Visit Days

We will be offering four virtual/in-person Visit Days in Fall 2023 for admission in Fall of 2024

Please join us for one—or all four!

To learn more and to register, please check back in Spring of 2023 for Visit Day dates and open registration.