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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. 

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IHR fellowships, awards, bursaries and prizes

Each year the Institute is home to about 20 Junior Fellows. Junior 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.

The IHR also appoints Senior Fellows and includes many leading historians among its current senior fellowship. Senior Fellows have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement in historical research and the promotion of history. 

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 can also be made Honorary Fellows. Fellowships are offered by the Institute’s Advisory Council. Honorary Fellowships are for life. Award is by nomination.

The Institute also offers an institutional affiliation for researchers who are not otherwise attached to a UK Higher Education Institution. Associate Fellowships are for those employed in related sectors such as heritage or museums and galleries.

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

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.

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