Join the Royal Historical Society

Closing date for next application round:

Monday 12 August 2024


The Royal Historical Society represents the interests of historical researchers in universities, libraries, archives, museums, heritage and broadcasting, as well as those engaged in public, community and family history research.

There are four ways to join and be part of the Society: as a Fellow, an Associate Fellow, a Postgraduate Member and a Member. Each category caters for historians and researchers from different backgrounds, career stages and levels of interest in the past. Before applying to join the RHS, please read more on each of the four categories to find the option that’s most suitable to you. 

We currently have a worldwide membership of over 6,500 historians, of all kinds, engaged in researching, presenting and publishing history. The Society welcomes historians of all kindsboth from within Higher Education and related sectors, such as heritage, museums and libraries, as well as those interested in the past, but not employed in a history-related profession. Annual subscriptions paid by the membership are essential to sustaining our work and supporting our activities.

RHS Fellows, Associate Fellows, Postgraduate Members and Members are entitled to a range of benefits which are listed on the respective pages.

Forthcoming application dates for 2024

Applications to join the Society are welcome through the year. The remaining closing dates for applications and supporting references in 2024 are as follows. We aim to inform applicants of outcomes, c. 8 weeks after each deadline.

  • 12 August 2024
  • 14 October 2024

Rejoining the Society as a Fellow or Member

If your Fellowship or Membership has lapsed / has been cancelled, and you would like to re-join the Society, please contact our Membership department at in the first instance. We will be glad to assist you.