Research Funding

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


The allocation of research funding is a central to the Society’s work of supporting historians and historical research.

In 2022, the Society will award £95,000 in funding to historians through open competitions. This year, the Society is also allocating a further £30,000 in one-off programmes, generously assisted by partner organisations and donors. Below you’ll find more about our current awards and programmes.

Centenary and Marshall PhD Fellowships 

Our annual Centenary Fellowships and Marshall Fellowships provide support for historians who are completing a PhD. Recipients hold the fellowships jointly with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London.

Early Career Fellowship Grants

The Society’s Early Career Fellowship Grants support career-building research or activities in the post-PhD period, providing support to enable researchers to produce a discrete outcome.

Masters’ Scholarships

Launched in 2022, Masters’ Scholarships support recent graduates, from groups underrepresented in academic History, in taking a MA degree in History at a UK university.

Ukrainian Scholars at Risk Fellowships, 2022-23

In partnership with other historical and learned societies, the RHS has this year awarded seven Fellowships to support Ukrainian scholars study at UK universities.

Martin Lynn Scholarship in African History

Awarded annually, the Martin Lynn Scholarship supports research in any field of African history.

Grants for Conferences and Research Expenses

Each year, the Society provides support to about 200 UK-based researchers, of any nationality, to undertake research and to organise / attend academic conferences.

For forthcoming deadlines of all RHS Fellowships and Grants (2022-23), please see individual grant pages.

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.