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. In this context, from May 2020 the Royal Historical Society is re-directing funds to offer two new schemes to support UK-based early career researchers in History:

  • a partnership with Adam Matthew Digital offering free and full access for 12 months to the publisher’s digital collections of primary sources for 200 early career historians. Find out more and apply here.
  • an emergency COVID-19 Hardship grant fund to offer individual grants of up to £500 to provide some short-term material assistance in the COVID-19 context. Find out more and apply here.

The next deadline for these two schemes is 29 June 2020.

Please note that our regular grant schemes continue to accept applications (links to schemes below) and we encourage innovative applications to support research and the costs associated with virtual events at this time.

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.