The Royal Historical Society is strongly committed to supporting and encouraging the work and development of Early Career Historians.
Our new Early Career Membership category (launched in 2020) is free of charge. It is open to all those registered for a postgraduate research degree in a historical subject, and to early career researchers within two years of submitting their corrected PhD in a historical subject.
We award c.£60,000 annually in Grants to postgraduate and early career historians. We normally sponsor two 1-year doctoral fellowships with the IHR each year: the Peter Marshall Fellowship and the RHS Centenary Fellowship. Applications are made through the IHR.
Our annual Prizes recognise excellent scholarship amongst Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from first monographs to undergraduate dissertations.
Our new flexible format, open access book series, New Historical Perspectives is for early career scholars who have received their doctoral degree from a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland within the last ten years. There are no fees for publishing in the NHP series, and an expert editorial board provides extensive editing and support.
The Historical Transactions blog provides a forum for sharing work in progress, methodological insights and ideas for teaching best practice. We particularly encourage postgraduate and early career historians to send us their ideas. Find out more about submitting a proposal here.
The RHS Teaching Portal
In November 2020 we launched the RHS Teaching Portal which aims to be an important resource for teachers of history and a forum for debate and discussion about pedagogy in our discipline. Much of the content is directly relevant to early career historians – whether by providing guides and ideas to support teaching, or advice on topics such as research, grants and supervision.
Our Employing Temporary Teaching Staff in History Code of Good Practice highlights issues, policies, and standards that history departments (or equivalent units) should consider when employing temporary teaching staff. This was originally designed in collaboration with History Lab Plus, the network of postdoctoral historians based at the Institute for Historical Research.
Our website hosts a set of Resources designed to help early career historians navigate grant applications, job applications and teaching. If you would like to add, or suggest a resource, please get in touch!
RHS GrantsFind out about our funding schemes for research expenses, conference travel and event organisation.
New Historical PerspectivesNew Historical Perspectives is our new open access book series for early career scholars. Find out more about the series, and how to propose a volume.
RHS Historical Transactions blogOur Historical Transactions blog publicises the work of the Society and showcases a range of themes relevant to historians. If you’d like to contribute, please get in touch!