Research Funding

Allocation of research funding is central to the Society’s work of supporting historians and historical research.

In 2023 the Society awarded £110,085 in funding to historians through open competitions, generously assisted by partner organisations and donors. In 2023-24, the Society is developing and extending its funding programmes for historians, within and outside Higher Education, and at at all career stages.

Funding is available to historians at three career stages. Please follow the links for further information on:

The Society runs three additional funding programmes open to historians at all career stages. Please follow the links for more on our annual:


Current calls for funding, to September 2024

The following programmes are now open and accepting applications (in order of deadline):

  • Funded Book Workshops – two awards to mid-career historians to support the writing of a second or third monograph. Funded Book Workshops enable day meetings of authors and chosen reviewers to discuss a monograph draft. Book Workshops are open to members of the Royal Historical Society. Next closing date for applications: Friday 9 August 2024.
  • Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowships – up to seven awards for the academic year 2024-25 to support projects in innovative History teaching in UK Higher Education. Fellowships will be available in sums of £500, £750 and £1,250 based on need and project requirements. Teaching Fellowships are open to members of the Royal Historical Society. Next closing date for applications: Monday 2 September 2024.
  • Early Career Fellowship Grants – awards up to a maximum of £2,000 to early career historians to complete a discrete research project lasting no more than six months. Applicants will be early career historians in non-tenured positions within five years of submitting their PhD in a historical subject. Early Career Fellowship Grants are open to members of the Royal Historical Society. Next closing date for applications: Friday 6 September 2024.
  • Open Research Support Grants – available to all historians who are more than 5 years on from completion of their PhD. Awards of £500 or £1,000 enable researchers to undertake activities such as visiting archives and historical sites or conducting interviews. Open Research Support Grants may also be used to support travel to academic conferences. Open Research Support Grants are open to members of the Royal Historical Society. Next closing date for applications: Friday 6 September 2024.
  • Martin Lynn Scholarships in African History – to assist a postgraduate researcher of African history. The Scholarship is worth £1,500 and is open to Postgraduate Members of the Royal Historical Society. Next closing date for applications: Friday 6 September 2024.

In addition to these calls, further programmes will be released in the coming months.


Applicants for Royal Historical Society funding must be members of the Society, with exceptions for several Postgraduate grants. To find out how to become a Fellow, Associate Fellow, Member or Postgraduate Member, please see our Join Us page.


Details of current holders of Research Fellowships and recipients of Research Funding are available here.


All enquiries about Research Funding should be sent to the Society’s Membership and Administration Officer at: membership@royalhistsoc.org.


HEADER IMAGE: Bowl with a scholar, anon, c.1575-99, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, public domain.