Early Career Historians

The Royal Historical Society is strongly committed to supporting and encouraging the work and development of Early Career Historians. 

Join Us

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.

Financial Support

We award c.£60,000 annually inGrantsto 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 yearsThere 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.

Access the Teaching Portal.


Career Resources

OurEmploying Temporary Teaching Staff in History Code of Good Practicehighlights 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!