Fellowships & Grants

Bowl with a scholar, anon, c.1575-99, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, public domain


RHS Fellowships for Early Career Historians

The Society funds a series of Fellowships for historians at doctoral and postdoctoral level.

  • Our annual Centenary Fellowship and Marshall Fellowship provide support for historians who are completing a PhD. Recipients hold the fellowships at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London.
  • Our Past & Present Fellowship: Race, Ethnicity & Equality in History is held jointly at the Society and the IHR. The Fellowship is a two-year award, generously funded by the Past & Present Society.

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


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 include financial assistance for research expenses, conference organisation and conference travel, as well as scholarships to study African history.

The Society’s Early Career Fellowship Grant scheme, launched in 2020 in response to ongoing COVID-19 pressures, supports 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.

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

To be eligible for a grant award, all applicants must be members of the Royal Historical Society. Membership comes in several forms, including Postgraduate Membership and Associate Fellowship for historians at the start of their careers. Applications to join the Society are welcome at any time, with more available here on membership categories and closing dates in 2022 and 2023.


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’ a career in historical research. 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.