Grants for Early Career Historians

Bryn Mawr, the First Students, 1886, (c) NPG, London, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0


Each year, the RHS aims to support around 200 UK-based early career researchers (of any nationality) with grant awards.

These range from Early Career Fellowship Grants, offering funds of up to £2000, maximum, to support career-building research or activities post-PhD, to smaller grants to assist with conference organisation and conference travel, research expenses, as well as named scholarships to study African history.

The Royal Historical Society is committed to providing small grants for research postgraduates and early career historians.

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.

Grant applications are assessed and awarded by the Society’s Research Support Committee comprised of professional historians on the Society’s Council.

All submissions for the Society’s grants should be made via the RHS applications portal.

All enquiries about Grants should be addressed to the RHS Membership and Administration Officer at: