Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowships


Launching in July 2023, the Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowships are a new RHS funding programme to support History teaching in UK Higher Education.

The Society looks to award a series of Teaching Fellowships, available for the sums of £500, £1000 and £1250, to be held over an academic year. The Fellowships aim to help historians introduce new approaches to their teaching, or to undertake a defined study of an aspect of history teaching in UK Higher Education.

The Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowships are named after Dame Jinty Nelson FBA, President of the Society between 2001 and 2005. Fellowships replace the Society’s previous Jinty Nelson Teaching Prize in a new and expanded funding programme for History teaching at undergraduate and Masters’ levels.

Fellowships will be awarded on the quality and value of the proposal. In addition, the Society is keen to support historians who lack access to alternative resources (institutional or other) to enhance their teaching, or where funding opportunities are very limited.

Please note: applications for the award are reserved for current Fellows and members of the Society. If you wish to apply for membership, please visit our Join Us page.

For recipients of Fellowships for the academic year 2023-24 please see here.

Details of the application round for the Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowships, 2024-25, will be made in due course. When open, applications should be submitted via the Society’s online application portal.

About the Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowships

Fellowships support historians in Higher Education who wish to introduce new approaches and initiatives to their teaching—and for which funding, at one of three levels (£500, £1000 and £1250 per award), is required to make this possible. Fellowships may also support those seeking to undertake a short study of an aspect of History teaching in UK Higher Education: for example, within a department or more widely. Recipients of this first round of Teaching Fellowships are expected to undertake their project within the academic year of the award, with the Fellowship lasting for the duration of the project or period of study.

The Society defines approaches to teaching broadly for this Fellowship. For example, creation of a wholly new course or aspects of an existing course; provision of new activities within an established course; or assistance for students to undertake project work as part of a course. We also welcome applications that pilot or test new ideas in teaching, and which may not—at this time—become a feature of courses in future years.

By awarding Teaching Fellowships, the Society seeks to support instances of creative teaching practice that may be communicated and adopted by others across History in Higher Education. Upon completion of the Fellowship, recipients will be asked to submit a short report (e.g., for the Society’s blog and online Teaching Portal) offering guidance on their  new approach to teaching.

Teaching Fellowships may be used to support a range of initiatives to develop a recipient’s teaching. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • travel for UK students and teachers as part of a course;
  • attendance at historical sites with students;
  • funding to bring external specialists together for the purpose of discussion or training in an aspect of study / communication;
  • honoraria for guest speakers, including those working outside UK Higher Education;
  • online or print publications / communications to support innovations in historical teaching;
  • defined training for historians to support innovation in teaching;
  • funding for students to undertake a defined project as part of the course.

Please note: purchase of classroom equipment, technology or other permanent assets is not supported by this award.

Fellowships may equally support a short study relating to History teaching in UK Higher Education, within a department or more widely, and of interest to the wider profession. Approaches may include (but are not limited to):

  • study relating to the development of teaching on a particular historical theme, topic, region or chronology; the scope and/or content of teaching in a subject area or UK region; or to student participation: for example, course selection;
  • surveys of the profession on subjects relating to History teaching in UK Higher Education;
  • promotion of the value of History teaching, and/or identification of high-quality and transferable teaching practices;
  • an event to consider and promote aspects of teaching practice;
  • initiatives to support History HE teachers at mid or later-career.

Eligibility for a Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowship

The Society welcomes applications from teachers of History in UK Higher Education. Applicants must be current members or Fellows of the Royal Historical Society.

Fellowships are available to those:

  • at any career stage;
  • working in or outside history departments, where the major component of a course is historical (including, for example, the history of ideas or history of science);
  • responsible for at least one course at a higher education institution that they would create, redesign or develop, and for which Fellowship funding is required;
  • teaching on undergraduate or Masters’ programmes;
  • able to undertake the course format, with RHS financial support, no later than 31 July 2024;
  • willing to to provide a short report on the success (or otherwise) of the project, in a format that can be appropriated and re-used in the teaching of other historians.
  • Collaborative and cross disciplinary applications are welcome.

When awarding Fellowships, primary consideration will be given to the proposed quality and value of the new approach to teaching, in tandem with the intended use of the award to support these innovations. In addition, the Society is keen to support historians who lack access to alternative resources (institutional or other) to enhance their teaching, or where funding opportunities are very limited.

For questions about the Fellowships, please email: administration@royalhistsoc.org.

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