Speaking at conferences and seminars is an important skill for early career historians to develop. The Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Speakers Series provides an opportunity for postgraduates to deliver a seminar paper on their research at Higher Education institutions outside the London metropolitan area. The series also provides an opportunity for UK History departments to access the extraordinary range of new research being undertaken by postgraduates and postdoctoral scholars.
Each year we invite History departments to apply for funds to host the scheme. The seminars can fit in with existing departmental or postgraduate seminars, or events can be set up specifically to cater for the seminar series. In this way we build upon the benefits of RHS research support by disseminating research findings and advancing the careers of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers whose promise has already been recognised through an RHS research grant award.
Catherine Rider, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Exeter, who received funding from the scheme writes:
We used the RHS’s grant to bring two speakers to Exeter … Both papers were well attended, attracting several of our current MA and PhD students, staff and one enthusiastic undergraduate. The two speakers were chosen because their research interests fitted in well with the research interests of staff and students here in Exeter.”
Due to COVID-19, this scheme has been temporarily suspended, as History Departments are not currently able to host external speakers. We will update our website once this scheme resumes.
How to Apply
Heads of History Departments (or their equivalent) at UK HE institutions outside the London metropolitan area will be contacted each year with information about how to apply.
RHS grant recipients are invited, and indeed encouraged, to put themselves forward as potential speakers for the seminars by completing and returning the registration form sent to them upon confirmation of their grant.
All enquiries about the RHS Postgraduate Speakers Series should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary, Imogen Evans, at: firstname.lastname@example.org