If you are an undergraduate or graduate student conducting original research in North American costume, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Costume Society of America. The society provides a $2,000 grant called the Stella Blum Student Research Grant, funded by the CSA Endowment. Each year one of these grants is given to a student who is enrolled in a degree program at an accredited institution and proposes a relevant research project in the field of North American costume. In order to apply, the student must be a member of the society.
If you are selected, you will be given the $2,000 to help you with your research project along with an additional stipend of $500. This will allow you to present your finished research project at a CSA National Symposium. You can use the $2,000 for transportation costs to and from a research site, living expenses at that site, and supplies and services directly related to your research. Make sure that you send in your application by May 1st in order to be considered. This is a very exciting opportunity for a student studying costume design!