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 March 2024

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

  • Early Career Research Fellowships – for historians within 5 years of completing a PhD to support career-building research or activities in the post-PhD period. Awards of £2000, maximum, providing support for discrete outcomes lasting no more than 6 months. Next closing date for applications: Friday 1 March 2024.
  • Open Research Support Grants – for all historians who are not postgraduate students or early career researchers (within 5 years of completing a PhD). Awards of either £500 or £1000 to support specified research activities. Next closing date for applications: Friday 1 March 2024.
  • David Berry Fellowship – for historians at all career stages to undertake work relating to the history of Scotland or the Scottish people worldwide. Awards of up to £2500 per round. Next closing date for applications: Friday 1 March 2024.

Applicants for Royal Historical Society funding must be members of the Society, with several exceptions for 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 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.


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