Martin Lynn Scholarship in African History


The Royal Historical Society makes an annual Martin Lynn Scholarship award to assist a postgraduate researcher of African history. The Scholarship is worth £1,500. The Scholarship is open to members of the Royal Historical Society.

Thanks to the generosity of the family of the late Martin Lynn, the RHS has established an annual award in his memory. Martin Lynn was Professor of African History in the Queen’s University, Belfast, the first scholar to hold a chair in African history in Ireland.

Professor Lynn’s scholarly career was devoted to the history of West Africa and he published most extensively and importantly on the 19th- and 20th-century history of Nigeria. His scholarly achievements were matched by the reputation he enjoyed as an exciting teacher and a generous colleague and friend. This award reflects Professor Lynn’s interests.

Holders of the Martin Lynn Scholarship, 2022-23

  • Chloe Mayoux (London School of Economics) for her PhD research: ‘A Place in the World: Negotiating Nuclear Power during African Decolonisation (1958-1963)’
  • Emma Orchardson (Warwick University) for her PhD research: ‘Kamuzu Banda and the Cold War in Malawi, c. 1964-84’

Next closing dates

Closing dates for applications and supporting references for the 2023 and 2024 awards are:

Applications for the Martin Lynn Scholarship are invited via the Society’s applications portal.

Further notes on eligibility:

  • Martin Lynn Scholarships 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.
  • Applications from those previously awarded the Martin Lynn Scholarship are not eligible for consideration.
  • 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.


All enquiries should be addressed to the RHS Membership and Administration Officer at: