Our Fellows are an essential part of the IHR's vibrant research community. We run an extensive programme of fellowships which supports historians at all career stages. Our fellows play an important role in the Institute's intellectual and academic life - as researchers, teachers and supervisors, and organisers of conferences and other events.

The Institute also offers a number of annual awards, bursaries and prizes to enable and reward high-quality research. 

IHR fellowships, awards, bursaries and prizes

Early Career Research Fellows

Each year the Institute is home to over 20 Early Career Fellows. Early Career Research Fellowships range from 6 to 24 months in duration. They provide financial support for early career historians completing a PhD or undertaking post-doctoral research.

Senior Fellows

The IHR also appoints Senior Fellows and includes many distinguished historians among its current senior fellowship. Senior Fellows are leading figures who are recognised for their research or the promotion of history as a discipline.

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellowships recognise outstanding achievement in the promotion of history, scholarship, research and/or academic leadership over a considerable period of time.

Individuals who have made an outstanding contribution as staff members to the Institute of Historical Research have also been made Honorary Fellows. Honorary Fellowships are no longer offered, but current Honorary Fellows remain Fellows for life. 

Associate Fellows 

The Institute also offers an institutional affiliation for historians involved in active research in history, or who contribute to historical studies more broadly. Associate Fellowships are intended to enable wider collaboration on issues relevant to the study of history and its importance in society.

Alumni Fellows

Alumni Fellows are former PhD students and Junior Fellows who seek an academic institution having completed their time at the IHR.

Awards, bursaries and prizes

The Institute also offers a range of Awards, Bursaries and Prizes, open to historians of differing career stages and research interests. Many of these awards are available through benefactions and gifts, or in partnership with learned societies and education foundations.

Our awards and bursaries support historical research and publishing. Our prizes acknowledge excellence in writing and presentation, with a focus on work by early career historians.

Research Partners

Our Research Partners are historians working in partner organisations, whose research is aligned with the Institute's academic strategy

Contact our fellowships officer