RHS Masters Scholarships – Eligiblity Criteria

To be successful, applicants to the RHS Masters Scholarship Programme must:

  • be accepted onto a Masters’ course at an HEI in the UK or Northern Ireland. Conditional offers are acceptable at application; however, release of funds is contingent upon confirmation of formal acceptance
  • have an undergraduate degree from an HEI in UK or RoI (although this need not necessarily be in History)
  • have been in receipt of a full Maintenance Grant, or other means-tested and non-repayable financial support, for their undergraduate studies

Maintenance Loans, or other repayable financial support schemes are not acceptable as evidence of your meeting this criterion.

Examples of acceptable schemes include:

From Student Finance England:

  • Maintenance Grants
  • University and College Hardship Funds
  • Disabled Student Allowance
  • Childcare Grant
  • Adult Dependants Grant

From Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS):

  • SAAS Bursary
  • SAAS Estranged Students Bursary
  • SAAS Care Experienced Student Tuition Fees Grant
  • SAAS Care Experienced Student Bursary
  • Disabled Student Allowance

From Student Finance Wales (SFW):

  • SFW Grant
  • SFW Special Support Grant
  • Disabled Student Allowance
  • SFW Childcare Grant
  • SFW Adult Dependants Grant

From Student Finance Northern Ireland:

  • Maintenance Grant
  • Special Support Grant
  • Disabled Student Allowance
  • Childcare Grant
  • Adult Dependants Grant

Equivalent Grants from Jersey Student Finance, Guernsey Student Finance and Isle of Man Student Awards are acceptable.

Other non-repayable support grants are also acceptable, however applicants using this as evidence of eligibility are asked to supply information on the grant during the Stage One application process.

Applications without evidence of this support will be disqualified.

  • Applicants must also meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • have participated in an access scheme, foundation year, or widening participation scheme
    • have previously been eligible for free school meals
    • be the first in their family to attend Higher Education


To discuss the scheme, the eligibility considerations and the application process itself, please submit your query to masters.scholarships@royalhistsoc.org. Please note that there may be a delay in response of up to two working days. Queries sent less than one working day before the related deadline may not receive an immediate response. Applicants are therefore encouraged to ensure any questions are submitted in sufficient time to receive a response and for the application to be submitted by the deadline. Extensions to the deadline may not be granted due to outstanding support requests submitted within two days of the deadline.