Resources for Early Career Historians

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This page contains links to resources that may be of particular use to Early Career historians. We’ll be pleased to add new links, so please get in touch with suggestions.

RHS Resources

The following links provide help for early career historians with developing aspects of their research and teaching career.

  • RHS Teaching Portal. The Society’s ‘Teaching Portal’ was launched in 2020 as a hub  to support the teaching and learning of History in higher education. It provides short, practical guides to everyday tasks for students and teachers.
  • Sharing Your Work Online and Open Access Publishing. A brief introduction to some of the most likely routes that enable historians to publish their work online.
  • Applying for Grants. A brief guide containing general advice to help you formulate your grant applications, and potential funding opportunities for different kinds of research activity.
  • Applying for Academic Jobs. An overview of the application process, the documents commonly requested, and the format of an interview.
  • Presenting Your Work. Presenting your work is about communicating that knowledge, often to different audiences. This is a skill in its own right.
  • Publishing Your Work. Everyone wants to publish their work, and not only for ‘career progression’; what’s the point of doing your research if no-one reads it? By the same token, you want to publish your work in places and formats that will reach the widest audiences.
  • Teaching History at University. A key skill of an academic life is achieving a balance between teaching and research. What factors should you take into account when considering taking on teaching, and how can you establish a track record of undergraduate teaching and supervision?
  • RHS Employing Temporary Teaching Staff in History Code of Conduct. Highlights issues, policies, and standards that history departments (or equivalent units) should consider when employing temporary teaching staff. It has been developed and updated through the Royal Historical Society’s regular work on HE policy and consultation with Early Career Researchers (ECRs).
  • RHS Social Media Policy.  Historians are welcome to copy, adapt and use the additional guidelines on p.6 of our PDF guide for use at their own events, whether or not they have been sponsored by the RHS.


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