Masters’ Scholarships


RHS Masters’ Scholarships provide financial support to students from groups currently underrepresented in academic History. Each Scholarship is worth £5,000.

The next round of applications, for students studying for a Masters’ degree in History from September 2024 will open in May 2024. Further information will be available in late April/early May.

Each year the Society seeks to award a minimum of four scholarships to students who will begin a Masters’ degree in History (full or part-time) at a UK university from the start of the next academic year.

The programme, established in 2022, seeks to actively address underrepresentation and encourage Black and Asian students to consider academic research in History. By supporting Masters’ students the programme focuses on a key early stage in the academic training of future researchers. With these Scholarships, we seek to support students who are without the financial means to study for a Masters’ in History. By doing so, we hope to improve the educational experience of early career historians engaged in a further degree.

There are no conditions on what the award may be spent and may be used to support fees, living expenses etc. during the degree course. Recipients also become Postgraduate Members of the Society.

Scholarship recipients for 2023-24

In autumn 2023, the Society was delighted to announce six recipients of Masters’ Scholarships for the academic year 2023-24:

  • Roqibat Adebimpe, to study at the University of Sheffield
  • Matthew Dickinson, to study at the University of Manchester
  • Baryana Ivanova, to study at the University of Cambridge
  • Nawajesh Khan, to study at Cardiff University
  • Marielle Masolo, to study at the University of Oxford
  • Charlotte Willis, to study at Cardiff University

This year, the Society is very grateful to the Thriplow Charitable Trust who funded one of this year’s Scholarships, and the Past and Present Society for funding a further two Scholarships this year. We will be keeping in touch with this year’s recipients and wish them well for their studies.

Supporting the Scholarships programme for the academic year, 2024-25

In the first two years of the programme, the Society was able to award 12 Scholarships, thanks to the support of the Past & Present Society, the Thriplow Charitable Trust, and a generous donor. The RHS seeks to offer as many Scholarships as we can to talented eligible early career historians.

If you or your organisation would like to help support future rounds of this programme, please email to discuss options with the RHS President, Professor Emma Griffin.

All other enquiries about the programme should be addressed to: