The Society’s Early Career Fellowship Grant scheme provides grants of up to £2000, maximum, for discrete research projects lasting no more than six months.
Applications for the ECR Fellowship Grants are accepted at any time, with two deadlines in 2022: 1 April 2022 and 1 September 2022.
More about Early Career Fellowship Grants
The focus is on supporting career-building research or activities, and the aim is to provide support to enable researchers to produce a discrete outcome (such as an article or book proposal) with the grant. Because of limited funds, applicants must be early career historians within three years of submitting their PhD in a historical subject. (The three years does not include periods of parental leave, or leave due to illness or other caring responsibilities.)
Applications will be assessed on the quality of the proposal, whilst also taking the applicant’s financial circumstances into account. These grants are designed to be as supportive and there is a great deal of flexibility in how awards may be used and what can be considered reasonable maintenance and research costs. Proposals must provide clear evidence of the historical significance of their project as a whole and specify in detail how the requested funds will advance and enrich the project outcome.
How to apply
- All applicants must be members of the Society when applying for a grant; those applying for am Early Career Fellowship Grant are most likely to qualify for the Associate Fellowship category.
- Applicants must outline a tangible, discrete research goal (write a research article; submit a book proposal; enhance skills etc) clearly explaining the rationale behind the amount requested.
- Applicants will be asked to provide a PDF copy of a CV, a reference letter, a 500-word project proposal and a 300-word funding request.
- To make an application please complete the online application form for RHS Early Career Fellowships which can be accessed through the Research/Conference Grants program within the RHS applications portal.
- Applications will only be considered with a supporting academic reference. You are reminded to submit your application in sufficient time to allow your referee to provide their reference before the closing date.
Further information and eligibility criteria is below. Please read this information before making your application. All applications must be made through the online application system and by selecting the ‘Research / Conference Grants’ program.
Closing dates for 2022 & 2023
Closing dates for applications and supporting references in 2022 and 2023 are:
- 1 September 2022 [all applicants are required to be members of the Society]
- 1 February 2023 [all applicants are required to be members of the Society]
- 1 September 2023 [all applicants are required to be members of the Society]
What expenses can be covered by the scheme?
There is a great deal of flexibility in how awards may be used. Expenses that may be considered include (but are not limited to) covering living expenses such as childcare, or rent; direct research expenses such as copyright, copying, digitisation or image fees; subscriptions to online resources, and skills training. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, please get in touch if you have any questions.
For this scheme, applicants will be considered eligible who are:
- Within three years of submitting their corrected doctoral thesis in a historical subject to a UK institution. Please note the three years does not include any periods of maternity or paternity leave, or leave due to illness or other caring responsibilities. Please detail this in the ‘any other information’ section of your application form;
- Normally resident in the UK;
- Not in full-time academic employment;
- Please note that current doctoral students are not eligible for this scheme, and should consider other RHS schemes of financial support which are running as normal.
How and when are decisions made?
- Applications are considered by the RHS Research Support Committee which meets four times a year. It will take up to six weeks from the deadline to process applications.
- Applicants that are not selected are welcome to re-apply to the next round with additional information, particularly if circumstances change. Applicants should note that this is a re-application in such cases.
Criteria for assessment
In making its funding decisions, the Research Support Committee uses the following criteria:
- A well-written proposal will enhance both the likelihood and the value of RHS funding. Applications will be assessed on the quality of the proposal, whilst also taking the applicant’s financial circumstances into account.
- Priority will be given to applicants who provide clear evidence of the historical significance of their project as a whole and specify in detail how the requested funds will advance and enrich that project.
- Applicants should indicate the project’s key research questions and (if research is already at an advanced stage) their conclusions thereon.
Questions and Answers
- Do I need to be an ECR Member of the RHS to apply?
Although the Society welcomes applications to its ECR Membership, its funding schemes apply equally to eligible ECRs regardless of their RHS membership status;
- Do I need to be a UK citizen to receive a RHS Early Career Fellowship?
Non-UK nationals are eligible to receive awards as long as they meet the eligibility criteria detailed above.
- Do I need to be employed by an institution to apply?
- How will my award be paid?
Successful applicants will receive a payment via BACS transfer into a UK bank account.
- Do I need to submit a report to the RHS detailing my use of RHS Hardship grant funds?
Successful applicants will be asked to contribute a brief end-of-project report and invited to write a post about their research for the RHS Historical Transactions blog at the end of the award.
- Do I need to acknowledge the RHS in any publications?
We request that recipients of a subscription acknowledge the support of the RHS in publications that appear as a result of this Fellowship. We would also warmly encourage you to share updates on the outcomes of your research with the Royal Historical Society’s social media channels.
All enquiries about research support applications should be addressed to the Chair of the Research Support Committee via the RHS Membership and Administration Officer by email at: email@example.com.