Each year, the Royal Historical Society aims to support around 200 UK-based early career researchers (of any nationality) with grant awards totalling just over £60,000.
COVID-19 is having a major impact on the scholars we would normally fund, and we have been re-directing as many funds as possible to support UK-based early career researchers in History.
NEW Early Career Fellowship Grant
In December 2020, in response to ongoing COVID-19 pressures, the Society launched a new Early Career Fellowship Grant scheme. The Fellowship scheme is designed to support career-building research or activities in the post-PhD period, and the aim is to provide support to enable researchers to produce a discrete outcome.
Please note that our regular grant schemes continue to accept applications (links to all schemes are below) and we continue to encourage innovative applications from early career scholars to support research and virtual events.
RHS Grant Schemes
The Royal Historical Society is committed to providing small grants for research postgraduates and early career historians. We award a number of these small grants annually as well as two generous bursaries, the Marshall and Centenary Fellowships, to enable doctoral candidates of high scholarly distinction to complete their doctorates. Our research grants are open to history research postgraduates whether they are members of the Society or not, but applicants are welcome to apply for postgraduate membership and its many benefits. Grant applications are assessed and awarded by the Society’s Research Support Committee comprised of professional historians on the Society’s Council.
RHS Early Career Fellowship GrantsLarger grants of up to £2000 to support early career historians within three years of PhD.
Research expensesGrants for research expenses including archival and field trips both within and outside the UK.
Conference organisationGrants to support the holding of conferences and workshops in the UK, prioritising support for PGs and early career historians.
Marshall & Centenary FellowshipsFellowships with the IHR to assist PhD students to complete their doctorates.