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 £1000 (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.

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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