Research Expenses

Portrait Coin of the Emperor Jahangir, dated A.H. 1023/ A.D. 1614, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain


Trips to archives, visiting historical sites and conducting interviews are all essential to the work of historians. The Royal Historical Society offers a range of grants to enable research postgraduates to conduct this vital research.

We provide funding to make visits to archives and to conduct other research such as interviews and site-trips both within and outside the UK. These small grants, of no more than £750, make an important contribution to primary research and often enable the completion of doctoral theses.

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.

  • RHS awards for research expenses both within and outside the UK are for postgraduate students registered for research degrees at UK institutions of higher education (full-time and part-time). If you are applying from a UK institution, please complete the application form for UK students. For more information refer to the UK students’ guidelines.
  • Under the Past & Present scheme we also consider applications from doctoral students registered for a research degree outside the UK. Doctoral candidates at non-UK institutions wishing to apply for P&P funding should complete the application form for overseas students.  For more information refer to the overseas students’ guidelines.
  • Applications are considered by the Research Support Committee which meets four times a year. They take up to six weeks to process from the deadline.
  • Applications will not be considered for research to be conducted within the four weeks immediately following the deadline. You are advised to consult the schedule of closing dates and to submit your application before the deadline that is at least one month earlier than the start of your research trip.
  • No application will be considered without a supporting academic reference. You are reminded to submit your application in sufficient time to allow your supervisor to provide their reference before the closing date for which you are applying.
  • Please read the application form carefully for full details of criteria for your grant application.

Closing dates

Closing dates for applications and supporting references in 2023 are:

All enquiries about research support applications should be addressed to the RHS Membership and Administration Officer at: