The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is delighted to announce three paid internships to create a new online help pack to increase awareness of how students, academics and researchers can use BBIH to study, teach and research the histories of: 

  • Race and ethnicity 
  • Gender identity 
  • Disability 

We anticipate that these internships might be of interest to PhD students, early and mid-career academics and independent researchers. We are happy to receive applications from individuals at different career stages and we welcome applications from historians – working in any context – from under-represented groups, including those from minoritized ethnic groups, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, and those who are ‘first generation’ in Higher Education.  

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm GMT on Friday 7 April 2023. We expected to interview shortlisted applicants the week beginning 17 April 2023 (online).  

The internships are to be held between May and end of July 2023. 

This programme has been made possible thanks to the generous support of The Past and Present Society

About the internships

What's involved

Responsibilities of the intern(s) include: 

  • Creating tutorial video(s) on using BBIH to research histories of race and ethnicity, gender identity, and disability. 
  • Review of subject specific BBIH classification terms, recommending suggested changes and additions.  
  • BBIH editorial work focusing on race and ethnicity, gender identity, and disability within British, Irish, Imperial and Commonwealth histories.  
  • Blog post for On History
  • BBIH social media planning for the IHR’s twitter

Successful interns will be fully supported by the Academic Director and BBIH Editor (based at the IHR). 


Each internship will be supported with a total bursary award of £1500 (paid as £500 at the start of the project, £500 at a midway review point and £500 on completion and approval of the project).

Objectives and milestones (including the midway review) will be agreed with the BBIH Editor at the start. 


Internships should be held during the period from early May and end of July 2023.  

The internships can be held remotely, but some travel to London (approximately 1 day a week) may be required. They will not require full-time work and there is flexibility around how each intern would like to organise the time they spend on their project (for example, alongside part-time work or studying commitments). This will be agreed with the BBIH editor at the start but it is expected the time commitment will be in the region of 120 hours. 

How to apply

Those interested in making an application should send the following to

  • a CV (no more than 3 pages). 
  • a summary up to 500 words outlining your interest in the Bibliography, how this opportunity will support your career development, and the skills and experience you would bring to the internship. 
  • Please make clear in your application which internship you are interested in. 

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm GMT on Friday 7 April 2023.  

Informal enquiries about the internship can be made to: Professor Roey Sweet, Academic Director ( 

Questions about the application process may be sent to:  

About the Bibliography of British and Irish History 

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with an internationally recognised resource for historical scholarship, learn new skills, as well as stay informed of the latest academic developments in your research and/or teaching field.  

BBIH is an essential tool for the study, research, and teaching of British and Irish history. It is the largest and most comprehensive guide available to what has been written about British and Irish history, from the early 1900s to the present. The Bibliography covers the history of the British Isles, the former empire and Commonwealth, the British world, and Britons’ activities on the global stage.  

It is an essential resource for study, research, and teaching, providing up-to-date information (and links) on over 640,000 history books, articles, chapters, edited collections, and theses. New records are added in three annual updates, with c.10,000 new publications added each year. These records are searchable by a wide range of facets including title, author, chronology, date and form of publication, historical topic, and geographical region.  

The Bibliography is a research project of the UK’s Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Royal Historical Society (RHS), and is published by Brepols.