Grants & Early Career Support

The London Institution, Moorfields: the interior of the lecture theatre. By R. B. Schnebbelie (1820) Wellcome Collection, public domain


RHS Grants for Early Career Historians

Grants are a key part of the Society’s work. Each year, the RHS aims to support around 200 UK-based early career researchers (of any nationality) with grant awards. These range from funds for research trips and conference organisation, to named fellowships run in association with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

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.

Further details of the Society’s annual grant awards, fellowships, and application timetables, are available here.


Research Support for Early Career Historians

The RHS provides a range of resources and activities for postgraduate researchers and early career historians. These include the Teaching Portal, an online collection of articles relating to studying for a PhD in History, beginning teaching, and career development beyond higher education.

In 2021 we began a programme of ECR Training Workshops focusing on areas such as ‘Researching’, ‘Communicating’, ‘Teaching’, ‘Publishing’ and ‘Developing’ one’s career. Each workshop addresses a specific topic and brings together established and early career historians.

Further details of these and other forms of Research Support for Early Career Historians are available here.