Postgraduate Research Support Grants


Postgraduate Research Support Grants provide funds to historians to undertake historical research. Activities supported include: visiting an archive or historic site, or conducting interviews.

Postgraduate Research Support Grants are reserved for History students (who are Postgraduate Members of the Royal Historical Society), currently studying for a Masters degree or PhD.

In 2024, grants of either £500 or £1,000 (based on the research activity to be undertaken) will be awarded by the Society. Closing dates for applications in 2024 are as follows:

  • Friday 7 June 2024
  • Friday 7 December 2024

Applications for Postgraduate Research Support Grants are invited via the Society’s applications portal.

Further notes on eligibility:

  • Postgraduate Research Support Grants 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.
  • The RHS will largely favour research visits that take place in the second, third or fourth year (or part-time equivalent) of full-time postgraduate degrees.
  • Applicants who have previously been awarded a ‘Postgraduate Research Support Grant’ will not be eligible for further funding under this scheme.
  • 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 applications for the Postgraduate Research Support Grants are reviewed by the RHS Research Support Committee, formed of members of the Society’s Council. Review of applications will not take place until the deadline for submission has passed. An average timeline for review, ratification and notification of the outcome of an application is around six weeks after the deadline.

Please note that all applications, successful or otherwise, will be directly notified of their outcome.

Current holders of Postgraduate Research Support Grants, 2023

  • Shelley Castle – awarded August 2023
  • Jones Patrick O’Dare – awarded August 2023
  • William Rees – awarded August 2023
  • Islay Shelbourne – awarded August 2023
  • Francisca Valenzuela Villaseca – awarded August 2023
  • Alexandra Watson – awarded August 2023

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