Early Career Research Support Grants


Early Career Research Support Grants provide funds to early career historians (historians who are within 3 years of submitting their PhD in a historical subject) to undertake research. Applicants must also be members of the Royal Historical Society.

Activities supported include: visiting an archive or historic site, or conducting interviews. This grant cannot be used to support attendance at, or production of a conference. For conference support, please see details of the Society Research Workshops programme.

Please note that within your application you will be asked to provide information on any current employment (if applicable) and access to related or other research funding support. This information will be reviewed by the RHS Research Support Committee and may be used in prioritising applications for funding support, however access to other sources of funding will not alone invalidate your application. You will also be asked to supply an academic reference.

In 2023, grants of either £500 or £1000 per grant (based on the research activity to be undertaken) will be awarded by the Society. Closing dates for applications in 2023 are as follows:

  • Friday 2 June 2023 — now closed
  • Friday 10 November 2023

Applications for Early Career Research Support Grants are invited via the Society’s applications portal.

Further notes on eligibility:

  • Early Career Research Support Grants are reserved for those who are members of the Royal Historical Society. To join the Society, please see here.
  • Funding is reserved for research projects that are both clearly and predominantly historical in orientation, with a specific chronological remit.
  • Applicants who have previously been awarded an ‘Early Career Research Support Grant’ will not be eligible for further funding under this scheme.
  • Applications for funding for research taking place within 4 weeks of the application deadline will not be considered.
  • Applications for retroactive research visits/activities will not be considered.

Current holders of Early Career Research Support Grants, 2023

  • Merve Fejzul – awarded August 2023
  • Natalee Garrett – awarded August 2023
  • David Nicoll – awarded August 2023
  • Christopher Whittell – awarded August 2023
  • Nicola Williams – awarded August 2023
  • Thomas Wood – awarded August 2023

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