Economic History Society Fellowships

The Economic History Society, in conjunction with the Institute of Historical Research, offers up to four one-year postdoctoral fellowships in economic and / or social history. EHS fellowships are tenable at the Institute.

About the Economic History Society fellowships

The Economic History Society, in conjunction with the Institute of Historical Research, offers up to four one-year postdoctoral fellowships in economic and/or social history, tenable at the Institute.

The fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral candidates who have recently completed a doctoral degree in economic and / or social history, or who will have submitted their thesis for examination by 1 October in the academic year in which the fellowship is to be held. It is the intention of the Economic History Society to promote work of a kind that might be published in the leading refereed academic journals in economic / social history. Fellows will be expected to pursue research in economic and/or social history at an advanced level with a view to publication.

Area of research

Economic or social history

Further Particulars

The Economic History Society’s objective in awarding the Fellowships is to further research in economic and/or social history by enabling new researchers to strengthen their research record with a view to following a career which will enable them to undertake high-quality research in the field. The Power and Postan Fellowships are also supported financially by the Power and Postan Fellowships trusts administered by the London School of Economics. Candidates may be asked at the interview what difference a fellowship would make to their prospects of sustaining research in economic / social history in future.

Holders of fellowships should acknowledge the Society’s financial support in publications which result from the Fellowship.

The Society seeks to encourage research across a broad range of economic / social history.

Amount awarded: £22,000 (affiliated with a non-London institution); £24,000 (affiliated with a London institution)

What we offer

Fellows will be offered the mentorship of the IHR’s Director and other staff across the School of Advanced Study. This will include help in planning the future, through: career advice; assistance with applications for jobs, postdocs and fellowships; mock interviews; and guidance with publication plans and research grant applications. Augmenting our close connections across academia, the IHR’s extensive partnerships will be open to those Fellows who are interested in working in sectors outside of the academy. Fellows will have the support of our Fellowships Officer throughout the fellowship. At the IHR they will have access to our world-renowned Wohl Library, extended electronic resources, and our extensive seminar and events programme.  


Our Fellows’ seminar programme provides an opportunity for each Fellow to present their research in a collegial atmosphere, before their peers, senior historians, and others. Fellows have free access to the IHR’s research training courses, and are offered a number of exclusive, tailored training workshops.

Eligibility requirements

The Fellowships are open to candidates who are British citizens and/or holders of a degree from a British university. They must be affiliated to a British university for the period of their Fellowship.

Fellows will not be required to be resident in London but should participate in the activities of the Institute by attendance at - and the presentation of a paper to - an appropriate seminar series and by networking with fellow scholars. 

These awards cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant, but, at the discretion of the Director of the Institute, Fellows may engage in teaching or other paid work for up to six hours per week.


Information for applicants

EHS guidelines 2022-23 PDF 128.11 KB

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