IHR Doctoral Fellowships

The Institute of Historical Research administers up to five full-year and one half-year IHR Research Fellowships in History.

These fellowships are for PhD students to complete a doctorate, and are drawn from two sources: the Royal Historical Society and the Scouloudi Foundation.

About the IHR doctoral fellowships

Two categories of IHR doctoral fellowship are available each year:

  • The Royal Historical Society funds up to two fellowships per year, the Centenary Fellowship and the Marshall Fellowship, the latter thanks to the generosity of Professor P. J. Marshall, former President of the RHS. Both are open to candidates without regard to nationality or academic affiliation
  • The Scouloudi Foundation offers up to three full-year fellowships and one half-year fellowship, which are all open to UK citizens or to candidates with a degree from a British university

Area of research


Amount awarded

£15,726 - full year (RHS, Scouloudi); £7863 - half year (Scouloudi)


What we offer

IHR Doctoral Fellows are welcomed into a progressive and supportive academic environment, consisting of a cohort of approximately 20 doctoral or early career Fellows, academic staff, and Senior Fellows. They will have the support of our Fellowships Officer throughout the fellowship, as well as the mentorship of the IHR’s Director and other staff across the School of Advanced Study. 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 intended as writing-up awards. They will be awarded to doctoral students who are engaged in the completion of a doctorate in history (broadly defined) and who will have completed at least three years of full-time or four years of part-time research on their doctoral programme (and not more than four years’ full-time or six years’ part-time) at the beginning of the academic year in which the awards will be held. Fellowships will normally be tenable for up to one year, but may be awarded for six months to candidates who expect to submit a thesis within that timescale.

These awards cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.

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.

If you have a query about your eligibility to apply for this, please contact the Fellowships Officer at ihr.fellowships@sas.ac.uk 

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Applications open: 17 Feb 2020 to 30 Apr 2020

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