In response to the current crisis, and recognising its impact on research, the RHS is working on plans to re-direct some of the expenditure that usually supports research trips and conferences for early career scholars into one or more new, interim schemes better suited for current circumstances.

Interim funding is likely to be designed to facilitate research undertaken remotely, enable ECRs to showcase and obtain feedback on their research and/or to promote the well-being of ECRs in History. We welcome constructive suggestions, and will communicate any new funding opportunities, and/or changes to existing funding streams that may be required as swiftly as is feasible.

We hope to resume the usual schemes in due course, but may pause one or more streams of funding during the current global travel restrictions as circumstances require. Please read our COVID-19 guidance here.

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.