Vacancies: Officer & Editorial Roles

The Society invites applications from Fellows for the following three positions:

  • RHS Council: Honorary Secretary – closing date 24 September 2021
  • RHS Council: Secretary for Professional Engagement – closing date 24 September 2021
  • Transactions of the Royal Historical Society – Two Editors + expressions of interest for an Editorial Board – closing date 15 October 2021



Invitations are invited for two Officer posts on the RHS Council: the RHS Honorary Secretary (replacing Dr Alana Harris on the completion of her term) and the new post of Secretary for Professional Engagement.

Both roles will begin on 1 January 2022 and initially run for two years, with the possibility of renewal to four years.

Honorary Secretary, RHS Council

The Honorary Secretary will sit as an Officer on Council and attend Council meetings. S/he will also sit on the Society’s Executive and work closely with the President, Academic Director and the CEO (currently vacant) in order to provide strategic leadership for the Society. 

It is a particular requirement of the Honorary Secretary role that they are able to deputise for the President during periods of absence, whether planned or unplanned. It is therefore necessary that the Honorary Secretary plays an active role in the day-to-day business of the Society and has a strong grasp of the Society’s agenda and priorities through regular participation in the Society’s monthly Executive meetings.

Secretary for Professional Engagement, RHS Council

The Secretary for Professional Engagement is a new role, and is part of a review of the Society’s work to focus on areas of key importance to the discipline at this time. The holder will sit as an Officer on Council and attend Council meetings.

The role of Secretary for Professional Engagement is designed to develop the Society’s involvement with professional historians at all career stages, and especially with younger and early career historians who have not yet attained fellowship status. The role holder will work closely with the President, Academic Director and CEO (currently vacant) in order to provide strategic leadership for the Society in this sphere through the development of training events, networking opportunities, and other activities of their own design. 

About the RHS Council

The Society is governed by Council, which currently comprises a total of 22 Officers and Councillors who are trustees of the RHS.

Council determines all strategic policy, creates and oversees its committees, appoints the Presidents and Officers, manages the Society’s finances and its award of grants and prizes, determines the editors of its various publications, and directs relations with the Society’s members. Meetings of the full Council are held five times a year.



Editors and Editorial Board, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society

The Royal Historical Society seeks to appoint two academic Editors to lead on the scholarly oversight and development of its journal, the Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (TRHS), published by Cambridge University Press. The two new appointments take effect from 1 January 2022 and coincide with the journal’s move, in 2021, to accepting external submissions of articles, for peer review and publication.

We are looking for editors with complementary research expertise, one in medieval or early modern, the other in any field of modern history, with at least one specialising in European or Global History. Given the nature of this dual appointment, and the need for collaborative working, we welcome joint applications from two potential editors to work together; however, individual applications are equally encouraged. Applicants must be Fellows of the Royal Historical Society.

A full Editorial Board will also be appointed from early 2022 to assist the Editors in developing the Transactions to reflect the research interests and priorities of the Society’s membership. Those interested in joining the new editorial team but currently lacking the experience or time required to take on an editorial role are invited to use the RHS application portal to submit an expression of interest in joining the Transactions editorial board.

If you wish to discuss the journal or the Editor posts in advance of an application, please contact Professor Emma Griffin, RHS President ( or Professor Andrew Spicer, RHS Literary Director (