RHS Masters’ Scholarships


RHS Masters’ Scholarships provide financial support to students from groups currently underrepresented in academic History. Each Scholarship is worth £5000.

Each year the Society seeks to award a minimum of four scholarships to students who will begin a Masters’ degree in History (full or part-time) at a UK university from the start of the next academic year.

The programme, established in 2022, seeks to actively address underrepresentation and encourage Black and Asian students to consider academic research in History. By supporting Masters’ students the programme focuses on a key early stage in the academic training of future researchers.

There are no conditions on what the award may be spent and may be used to support fees, living expenses etc. during the degree course. Recipients also become Postgraduate Members of the Society.

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.

Awards in 2023

The Scholarship programme will next run for MA students beginning courses in September 2023. The call and timetable for 2023 applications will be announced by the Society in early 2023.

Supporting the Scholarships programme from 2023

In 2022, the first year of the programme, the Society was able to award 6 Scholarships, thanks to the support of a generous donor. The RHS seeks to offer as many Scholarships as we can to talented eligible early career historians.

If you or your organisation would like to help us, please email president@royalhistsoc.org to discuss options with the RHS President , Professor Emma Griffin.

All further enquiries about the programme should be addressed to the RHS Membership and Grants Officer at: membership@royalhistsoc.org.