We welcome your application! Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Class of 2025 applications are due Tuesday, January 3, 2023 (11:59 pm). Apply now to the University of Delaware.


  • University of Delaware Graduate Application and Fee

The 2020-2021 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.

  • UPDATED Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

GRE scores are no longer required; if you choose to submit a GRE score, it will have no bearing on the competitiveness of your application.

  • 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.

Interview Weekend is conducted by the Executive Committee of the Winterthur Program and is normally held Thursday through Saturday, mid-March at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Each year, sixteen successful applicants are invited to participate (in-person or virtually) in Interview Weekend. Participation is required to be considered for admission. Reasonable costs for travel and lodging to attend Interview Weekend are paid by the Winterthur Program.

Please note—Interview Weekend may be held virtually during the 2023 admissions cycle.

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 are happy to offer four virtual and in-person Visit Days in fall 2022!

Please join us for one—or all four!

To learn more and to register, please select your preferred date(s) below.

Friday, OCTOBER 21, 2022
Friday, OCTOBER 28, 2022
Friday, NOVEMBER 04, 2022
Friday, November 18, 2022