Postgraduate Research Funding


The Society provides the following four funding programmes for historians studying for a Masters degree or PhD in History at a UK university. Each programme runs annually. Follow the links for further details, including timetables for applications.

Postgraduate historians are also eligible to apply for the Society’s annual Workshop Grants and Jinty Nelson Teaching Grants.

Please note: to apply for a PGR Research Support Grant or the Martin Lynn Scholarship you must be a Postgraduate Member of the Society. If wish to join the Society, please see the Postgraduate Membership section of the Join Us page.

1. Masters’ Scholarships

Launched in 2022, Masters’ Scholarships support recent graduates, from groups underrepresented in academic History, in studying for an MA degree in History at a UK university. Open to all prospective MA students in History who meet the programme’s application criteria.

2. PhD Fellowships 

Our annual PhD Fellowships provide support for historians who are completing a PhD in History. Recipients hold the fellowships jointly with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London. Open to all PhD students in the third year of a History PhD at a UK university.

3. Postgraduate Research Support Grants

Provide funding to enable students to undertake historical research. Activities covered by Postgraduate Research Support Grants include: visiting an archive or historic site, or conducting interviews. Open to Postgraduate Members of the Royal Historical Society.

4. Martin Lynn Scholarship in African History

Awarded annually, the Martin Lynn Scholarship supports research in any field of African history. Open to Postgraduate Members of the Royal Historical Society.

All enquiries about Research Funding should be sent to the Society’s Membership and Administration Officer at:

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