Society launches new ‘Funded Book Workshops’ for Mid-Career Historians

23 March 2023

From March 2023, the Royal Historical Society is pleased to announce a new programme of Funded Book Workshops. Awards will support historians, currently working on a second or third major research project, and which will lead to publication of a monograph. The Book Workshops will enable an author to bring together fellow scholars to discuss and develop the manuscript of a scholarly monograph.

Each award will provide up to £2000 to an author to host a day-long book workshop to consider a project and monograph text in detail. Funds may be spent to invite up to six scholars (based in the UK or European Union) to attend the workshop, and is intended to cover travel, hospitality and overnight accommodation where required.

More on the Funded Book Workshop, eligibility, and how to submit an application. The closing date for this first round of applications is Monday 12 June 2023.

The programme seeks to address a lack of intellectual support that many historians face in mid career. This lack of support is often in contrast to that provided when studying for a PhD, and writing first articles or monograph derived from a doctorate.

RHS Book Workshops will enable recipients to bring together scholars of their choosing to discuss and debate a second or third major research project which will result in a monograph, currently at the draft manuscript stage.

Workshops will provide a constructive environment in which work-in-progress is developed to become a richer book on publication. In this way, the initiative extends — to those later in their careers — the Society’s existing New Historical Perspectives scheme of author workshops for early career historians.

Please note: Recipients of Book Workshop Awards must be current members of the Royal Historical Society.