RHS Marshall Fellowship

Festival of Muḥarram: a procession. Gouache painting by an Indian painter, c.1800-1899?, Wellcome Collection, public domain


The Society gives priority to supporting early career historians, and for this reason we provide funding for two annual Fellowships tenable at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London. We fund two Fellowships: the Marshall Fellowship and the RHS Centenary Fellowship.

Both Fellowships are for final-year PhD students to complete their dissertations. Both are open to candidates without regard to nationality or academic affiliation. Awards are made (by the Institute of Historical Research) for either 12 months or 6 months each year.

From 23 March 2022applications for both Fellowships are now open and run to 19 May 2022.

RHS Marshall Fellowship

This award offers a one-year Fellowship worth a total of £15,726 (or £7,863 for a 6 month award). The Marshall Fellowships are supported by the generosity of Professor Peter Marshall, formerly Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King’s College London and President of the Royal Historical Society from 1996 to 2000. The Marshall Fellowship supports final year PhD students to complete a doctorate and to develop their career.

 How to Apply

  • Marshall Fellowships are open to candidates without regard to nationality or academic affiliation.
  • The Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students who are completing a thesis in history (broadly defined) who have undertaken at least three years’ research on their chosen topic (and not more than four years full-time or six years part-time) at the beginning of the session for which the awards are made.
  • These awards cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.

For full information on how to apply for the Marshall Fellowships and to obtain further guidelines, please go to the IHR Doctoral Fellowships pages.