RHS Centenary Fellowship

University College London: the main buildings seen from Gower Street. Engraving. Wellcome Collection, public domain


The Society gives priority to supporting early career historians, and for this reason we provide funding for two annual Fellowships tenable at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London. We fund two Fellowships: the RHS Centenary Fellowship and the Marshall Fellowship

Both Fellowships are for final-year PhD students to complete their dissertations. Both are open to candidates without regard to nationality or academic affiliation. Awards are made (by the Institute of Historical Research) for either 12 months or 6 months each year.

Applications for Fellowships for the academic year 2022-23 are now closed. Invitations for applications for the Fellowships for 2023-24 will be issued in Spring 2023 by the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research.

RHS Centenary Fellowship

Funded by the Society, this one-year Fellowship worth £15,726 (or £7,863 for a 6 month award) is advertised annually. The Centenary Fellowship supports final year PhD students to complete a doctorate and to develop their career.

The RHS Centenary Fellows for 2022-23 are Sofya Anisimova (St Andrews) and Beckie Rutherford (Warwick)

 How to Apply

  • Centenary Fellowships are open to candidates without regard to nationality or academic affiliation.
  • The Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students who are completing a thesis in history (broadly defined) who have undertaken at least three years’ research on their chosen topic (and not more than four years full-time or six years part-time) at the beginning of the session for which the awards are made.
  • These awards cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.

For full information on how to apply for the Marshall or Centenary Research Fellowships and to obtain further guidelines, please go to the IHR Doctoral Fellowships pages.