Martin Lynn Scholarship in African History

Old Calabar, Nigeria: local people gathering drinking water from a river, filling vessels and washing clothes (?). Photograph, 1910/1920.. Credit: Wellcome Collection, public domain


The RHS 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.

How to Apply

All applications for Research Support Grants (including Conference Travel, Research Expenses, Conference Organisation 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.

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