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 is now open. Further information on how to apply are available below. Applications may be made via the Society’s applications.

This year the Society seeks to award eight 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 Society thanks the Past & Present Society and the Scouloudi Foundation for their generous support of this year’s awards.

The programme, established in 2022, seeks to actively address underrepresentation within the discipline, and enable Black and Asian students, along with those of other minorities, 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.

To ensure that scholarships go to those with the greatest need, successful applicants must meet clear eligibility requirements. Potential applicants to the scheme are directed to our eligibility requirements page before beginning the first stage of the application process, via the button below.

Application Process

There are two stages to the RHS Masters Scholarship application process:

  • Stage One gathers key information on your intended course of study and your eligibility.

Only applications successfully demonstrating eligibility will be moved on to:

  • Stage Two, which enables applicants to detail their reasons for applying and to elaborate on the impact an RHS Masters Scholarship will have upon their personal and professional aspirations.

Applications should be submitted via the Society’s applications portal here >

The deadline for receipt of STAGE ONE APPLICATIONS is 11:59PM on Wednesday 26 June 2024

Only those successful in demonstrating their eligibility will be invited to complete Stage Two.

The deadline for receipt of STAGE TWO APPLICATIONS is 11:59PM on Sunday 14 July 2024

Scholarship holders 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

Supporting the Scholarships programme for the academic year 2025-26

In the first two years of the programme (2022-23), the Society has awarded 12 Scholarships, thanks to the additional 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. In 2024-25, the Society is very grateful to the Past & Present Society and the Scouloudi Foundation for their generous support.

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: