Conference travel

RHS conference travel grants are a highly-valued source of support for research postgraduates and early career researchers to enable them to present papers at specialist conferences both within and outside the UK.  They reflect the RHS’s acknowledgement of the importance for career and intellectual development of attending and presenting at conferences, making contact with other scholars in their specialist field and exchanging ideas – and also our awareness that not all early career researchers have equal access to institutional funding for this purpose.

Nicola Cowmeadow portrait

Nicola Cowmeadow

Nicola Cowmeadow was awarded a grant to travel to a conference in Montreal to present her paper ‘Piety, Politics and Presbyterianism: Scottish Noblewomen’s Religiosity in the Era of Union’.  She writes:

Meeting the people whose work I have read, whose research is important to my own, who are ready to comment, discuss and encourage me has been hugely rewarding. I took the opportunity to ask those I met what their advice would be for publication of my recently completed thesis and also spoke to publishers with stands at the conference venue.”

Stephen Spencer received a grant to present a paper at the ‘Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World’ conference in Perth, Australia.  He writes:

It soon became evident to me that this was a conference like no other I had attended; that it had brought together a swathe of people from various fields, who were interested in the emotions of the past, and in particular how we can ‘source’ them. … Overall, the conference was a memorable experience and one that has introduced me to ideas and methodological approaches currently being formulated and applied to better understand past emotions.”

How to Apply

  • RHS conference travel awards are for postgraduate students registered for a research degree at UK institutions of higher education (full-time and part-time) and for early career scholars.
  • Grants are primarily for travel costs to assist postgraduate students and early career researchers to attend conferences at which they have been invited to present a paper.
  • Applications are considered by the Research Support Committee which meets four times a year. They take up to six weeks to process from the deadline.
  • Applications will not be considered for conferences to be held within the four weeks immediately following the deadline. You are advised to consult the schedule of deadlines and to submit your application before the deadline that is at least one month earlier than the start of your conference.
  • No application will be considered without a supporting academic reference. You are reminded to submit your application in sufficient time to allow your supervisor to provide their reference before the closing date for which you are applying.

Complete the Application Form here. For more information refer to the Guidelines.

Closing dates for applications and supporting references in 2020: 13 January, 30 March, 8 June and 26 October

All enquiries about research support applications should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Imogen Evans, at: