Bloomsbury Academic and the Institute of Historical Research are happy to announce an Inclusive Histories partnership, that seeks to improve the publishing opportunities available for early-career history researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds. This new annual initiative will support recent PHD students, from anywhere in the world, in developing their thesis into a Bloomsbury monograph. It offers an online workshop on how to develop a book proposal and the opportunity for shortlisted book proposals – selected by an IHR panel – to receive full peer review.

The most successful proposal will be awarded a project completion grant of £500 (to be spent as the author chooses, on resources or expenses to enable them to complete the book) in addition to a Bloomsbury contract. We hope that this initiative will also help all participants to strengthen their book proposals and move a step closer to publication. The initiative is open to recent PhD students who are not currently in full-time, permanent, academic positions.

In support of the initiative, Rhodri Mogford, Senior Publisher for History at Bloomsbury Academic, will host a workshop on turning a PhD thesis into a scholarly monograph, followed by a ‘demystifying academic publishing’ Q and A. This will be a virtual event and open to all. 

The workshop is scheduled for 2pm (UK time) on Wednesday 5 October 2022. Register for the event using the red button at the top of the page.

The session will be recorded for all those that are unable to make the session.

Application & Eligibility


Following this session, researchers should submit their proposal form to Jade Chesterton at the IHR at The closing date for submissions will be 23.59 p.m. (UK time) on 30th November 2022. Details on the proposal form will be announced at the workshop on the 5 October.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in January 2023 with results announced at the end of April 2023.


We are dedicated to welcoming applications from all backgrounds and identities who have faced challenges in the early stages of their scholarly publishing career due to their: minoritized racial/ethnic or global majority background, ability (physical disability or neurodivergence), age, religion or belief, gender identity, sex, sexuality, class and/or socioeconomic background, caring responsibilities, geographical location.

Enquiries should go to Jade Chesterton at Full terms and conditions will be available soon.