For Applicants

This page includes information on eligibility and accessibility, stipends, travel, accommodations, and how to apply for Chicago Designs. The application link is at the bottom of the page.

The deadline to apply for this workshop is March 1, 2022.


Chicago Designs welcomes applicants who are higher education faculty, graduate students, and museum and library professionals whose roles include a teaching component. Applicants are not expected to have an extensive background in design history and practices, but should have sufficient knowledge to contribute to group discussions.

United States citizenship is not required to apply, however please check the rules of your visa regarding receiving a stipend if you are not a U.S. citizen or green card holder.

We will accept twenty applicants total. Of these twenty, at least three accepted applicants will be graduate students.

Full attendance at all in-person and virtual sessions required in order to be considered for this opportunity. Please do not apply if you have a scheduling conflict that would cause you to miss any of the programming.


The workshop includes multiple site visits in the city of Chicago. All sites are wheelchair accessible and available with less than 1/4 mile travel from the nearest public transit stop.

The Newberry Library has gender neutral and wheelchair accessible restrooms on the first floor. The building has a lift near the front entrance and two additional wheelchair accessible entrances on the north side of the building. Organizers can provide adjustable-height desks upon request.

Auto-captioning will be available for the virtual sessions, and ASL interpretation upon request.

To learn more about our Covid-19 policies, click here.

Stipends, Travel, and Accommodations

Each participant in the Chicago Designs workshop will receive a $250 stipend on the first day.

A limited number of participants who reside outside the Chicago metro area are eligible for partial reimbursement for the cost of travel and accommodations, up to $500 dollars to defray costs.

The Newberry Library has negotiated special discounts for our visiting scholars and educators with several hotels in the neighborhood. For additional information, please visit the Accommodations page of our website.

How to Apply

Applications include the following components, to be submitted through the Slideroom portal:

1. Provide information in response to basic questions about yourself, your institution, and your current role
2. Submit a CV of no more than three pages
3. Respond to two prompts (300-500 word response each) regarding how your research and teaching background makes you a good fit for the workshop, and how this workshop will contribute to your teaching going forward.

To apply via the Slideroom application portal, click here.

Applications are due no later than March 1, 2022.