Apply for Early Career Membership

Please note: The Society’s online application system for memberships is offline for redevelopment work in the week commencing Monday 29 November. The service will be available from Monday 6 December.

Applicants who have started but not yet completed an application may do so from Monday 6 December. For any enquiries before 6 December, please email: and mark your email: ‘Applications’.


Early Career Membership of the RHS is free of charge. It is open to all those registered for a postgraduate research degree in a historical subject, and to early career researchers within two years of submitting their corrected PhD in a historical subject.

Early Career Membership is for a period of five years, with the possibility of a further extension for two years.

Early Career Membership is an opportunity for those new to the profession to join a pre-eminent association for working historians and to gain inspiration, support and encouragement in developing their teaching and research trajectories. The category of Early Career Research Membership of the RHS has been developed to further the Society’s commitments to the next generation of scholars, and provide practical assistance through access to our grants schemes for conference organisation, conference travel and research expenses.

Current Postgraduate Members who joined under the previous scheme will have the option to continue with their existing membership (including receiving our journal, Transactions of the RHS) or to cancel and re-apply as an Early Career member.

Benefits of RHS Early Career Membership

Annual subscription

There is no charge for Early Career Membership. We hope and expect that many Early Career Members will take up the opportunity of full RHS Membership and/or be elected to the Fellowship at a later date.

How to Apply

To apply for the Early Career Membership you will need to read theĀ Notes for Applicants.

Once you have read the notes please complete this onlineĀ Application Form.


Applications to join the RHS are welcome through the year. Closing dates for applications and supporting references in 2022 are: Mondays 10 January, 4 April, 6 June, 22 August and 31 October.


All applications are considered by our Membership Committee who meet five times a year. You can expect to hear the outcome approximately eight weeks after the closing date for your application round. Incomplete applications will be held on file until we have received all the necessary information.

All enquiries about applying for RHS Early Career Membership should be addressed to the RHS office: