Martin Lynn Scholarship in African History


The Royal Historical Society makes an annual Martin Lynn Scholarship award to assist a postgraduate researcher of African history. The Scholarship is worth £1,500.

Thanks to the generosity of the family of the late Martin Lynn, the RHS has established an annual award in his memory. Martin Lynn was Professor of African History in the Queen’s University, Belfast, the first scholar to hold a chair in African history in Ireland.

Professor Lynn scholarly career was devoted to the history of West Africa and he published most extensively and importantly on the 19th and 20th century history of Nigeria. His scholarly achievements were matched by the reputation he enjoyed as an exciting teacher and a generous colleague and friend. This award reflects Professor Lynn’s interests.

Holders of the Martin Lynn Scholarship, 2022

  • Chloe Mayoux (London School of Economics)
  • Emma Orchardson (Warwick University)

How to apply

All applications for RHS Early Career Grants and Awards (including Conference Travel / Organisation, Research Expenses, Early Career Fellowship Grants, Masters’ Scholarships and the Martin Lynn Scholarship) should be made using the RHS application system, which can be accessed here.

For more information please refer to the Guidelines.

Next closing dates

Closing dates for applications and supporting references for the 2023 and 2024 awards are:

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