Prizes and Bursaries for History

The Elaine Paintin Memorial Fund is awarded annually to eligible students of the Institute of Historical Research, on the recommendation of the Friends’ Committee, to support travel and accommodation costs associated with research or conference attendance.
Purpose of award: 
Other
Applications open: 
1 Feb 2018 to 6 Apr 2018
Amount awarded: 
Approximately £150
The Institute of Historical Research is pleased to announce the inception of the Veale-Straschnov Award for Doctoral Historical Research for Mature Students. Awards will be funded from a benefaction left to the IHR by Elspeth Veale, in remembrance of her late sister Jean and brother-in-law George Straschnov, and up to two will be awarded annually. Elspeth Veale (1916-2015) trained as a teacher of history. She was awarded a one-year research fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in 1950 where she began work on the history of the English Fur Trade, subsequently published as The English Fur Trade in the Later Middle Ages (1966). She became a university lecturer and Dean of Humanities at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.
Purpose of award: 
Other
Applications open: 
6 Feb 2018 to 31 Jul 2018
Amount awarded: 
Full annual academic fee, currently £5,890 FT and £2,960 PT
The Neale Prize is awarded annually to a historian in the early stages of his or her career. Entries should take the form of essays of no more than 8,000 words (including footnotes) on a theme related to the history of early modern Britain. It is intended that the terms of the prize include almost any subject appropriate to the study of 1450-1700 in Britain. Eligibility will ultimately be decided by the judges.
Purpose of award: 
Other
Applications open: 
15 Feb 2018 to 20 Apr 2018
Amount awarded: 
£1000
This scholarship is awarded by the Trustees of the French Huguenot Church of London Charitable Trust, on the advice of the Institute of Historical Research. The award will be made to a student working for a higher degree on a Huguenot subject, i.e. the study of any activity of the French, the Dutch, the Flemish or the Walloon Protestants from the 16th century to the present, in any geographical area. ‘Activity’ will be interpreted in the widest sense.
Purpose of award: 
Doctoral
Applications open: 
15 May 2018 to 18 Oct 2018
Amount awarded: 
£2,500
The Worshipful Company of Curriers, one of the livery companies of the City of London, has established an essay prize on the history of London, in association with The London Journal Trust and the Institute of Historical Research. The author of the winning submission will receive £1,000 and the essay will normally be published in The London Journal. Essays must fall within the scope of The London Journal. They may be on any aspect of the history of London, from the Romans to the present day, reflect any relevant approach or disciplinary perspective, and can consider London alone or in comparison with other cities. Essays must be based on original research, and should not have been previously published.
Purpose of award: 
Doctoral
Postdoctoral
Applications open: 
21 May 2018 to 14 Sep 2018
Amount awarded: 
£1,000
The aim of the bursaries is to enable students to undertake research at the IHR and at other London-based archives. All successful applicants will be expected to use the IHR as a base when in London and to participate in its activities. This means, for example, regular use of the IHR library and attendance at IHR seminars and conferences. It could also mean interaction with one or more of the IHR's research centres, and if appropriate, taking a research training course. All successful applicants will be encouraged to make contact with the History Lab, the Institute's postgraduate network. Bursaries will normally be for travel, accommodation and/or research expenses.
Purpose of award: 
Travel bursary
Applications open: 
21 May 2018 to 27 Aug 2018
Amount awarded: 
Up to £500
The Pollard Prize is awarded annually for the best paper presented at an Institute of Historical Research seminar by a postgraduate student or by a researcher within one year of completing the PhD.
Purpose of award: 
Publication award
Applications open: 
1 Sep 2018 to 24 May 2019
The purpose of a Scouloudi research award is to pay for research, and other expenses, to be incurred in the completion of advanced historical work, which the applicant intends subsequently to publish. This does not include expenses incurred in the preparation of a thesis for a higher degree, typing costs, the purchase of books, hiring secretarial or research assistant or the purchase of equipment such as typewriter, computer or printer. Please note that we also offer separate Scouloudi publication awards, which are intended to cover publication expenses. Publication awards and research awards have separate application forms; please ensure that you are completing the correct one. If you are in any doubt as to which of the two funds you should apply to, please contact IHR.Fellowships@sas.ac.uk. Applicants should not ask for more than their minimum requirements for the year concerned. Applications for very large sums or for longer periods tend to be self-defeating, as they would absorb too great a proportion of the available annual total. As a guide, individual awards may range between £100 and £1,000.
Purpose of award: 
Travel bursary
Publication award
Applications open: 
15 Oct 2018 to 8 Mar 2019
Amount awarded: 
Up to £1,000
The purpose of a Scouloudi publication award is to subsidise a portion of the cost of publishing a scholarly book or article, or an issue of a learned journal in the field of history, either in hard copy or through electronic publication. Please note that we also offer separate Scouloudi research awards, which are intended to cover relevant research expenses. Publication awards and research awards have separate application forms; please ensure that you are completing the correct one. If you are in any doubt as to which of the two funds you should apply to, please contact IHR.Fellowships@sas.ac.uk. Applicants should not ask for more than their minimum requirements for the year concerned. Applications for very large sums or for longer periods tend to be self-defeating, as they would absorb too great a proportion of the available annual total. As a guide, individual awards may range between £100 and £1,000. Please do not apply for a subsidy in excess of £1,000 as this will automatically disqualify your application. Awards will not normally be paid until publication is well advanced at final proof stage. The award is then paid to the publisher. If the award is not taken up within two years it will lapse and must be re-applied for if later required.
Purpose of award: 
Publication award
Applications open: 
15 Oct 2018 to 8 Mar 2019
Amount awarded: 
Up to £1,000
The Power and Postan Fund is awarded to eligible Junior Research Fellows of the Institute of Historical Research, on the recommendation of the Director or their nominee, to support the cost of organising and hosting colloquia or travel and accommodation costs accrued when conducting research or attending a conference (funds are available for conference attendance – the applicant need not be giving a paper). Up to £6000 will be awarded annually.
Purpose of award: 
Other
Applications open: 
21 Nov 2018 to 7 Dec 2018
Amount awarded: 
Grants up to a maximum of £500 per event will be awarded.

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