Allocation of research funding is central to the work of the Royal Historical Society in supporting historians and historical research. In 2022 the Society awarded £95,000 in funding to historians through open competitions and a further £30,000 in one-off programmes, generously assisted by partner organisations and donors.
The Society is particularly keen to allocate funding to those historians in greatest need of support and who do not have existing access to any institutional funds, or to sufficient funds, to support their research. We encourage, and welcome, applications from historians who do not have such access, and for whom awards would make a significant impact on their capacity to undertake research.
The following grant calls are currently open and accepting applications with deadlines between August and November 2023. For further details and how to submit an application, please follow the links provided.
Open Calls: applications invited
Postgraduate Research Support Grants – for History students, currently studying for a Masters degree or PhD. Awards of either £500 or £1000 to support specified research activities. Next closing date for applications: Friday 10 November 2023.
Early Career Research Support Grants – for early career historians (historians who are within 3 years of submitting their PhD in a historical subject) to undertake research. Awards of either £500 or £1000 to support specified research activities. Next closing date for applications: Friday 10 November 2023.
Please note: Applicants for Royal Historical Society funding must be members of the Society, with several exceptions for Postgraduate grants. To find out how to become a Fellow, Associate Fellow, Member or Postgraduate Member, please see our Join Us page.
All enquiries about Research Funding should be sent to the Society’s Membership and Grants Officer at: email@example.com.
HEADER IMAGE: Jar with scholars, China, late 15th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, public domain.