Doctoral Fellowships at the Institute of Historical Research 2018, UK


April 30, 2018


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IHR Doctoral Fellowships (RHS, Scouloudi, Thornley)

The Institute of Historical Research administers up to six full-year and one half-year IHR Research Fellowships in History, which are drawn from several sources: 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; The Isobel Thornley Bequest offers one Fellowship which is open to candidates regardless of nationality but only to those registered for a PhD at the University of London.

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.


The Thorley, RHS, and Scouloudi Fellowships will be worth £15,726 for the full year; the sixmonth Scouloudi Fellowship will be worth £7863. Scouloudi and Thornley awards will be paid in quarterly instalments commencing 1 October, and the RHS will pay its Fellows monthly. A condition of the awards is that Fellows will participate actively in the academic life of the Institute. They will be encouraged to attend and present papers at appropriate IHR seminars and to give information and help to fellow scholars working in the same field. 


  • Complete applications must be received at the Institute of Historical Research no later than the deadline. Incomplete applications or applications arriving after this date will not be considered. It can take up to 24 hours for your online application account to be approved when you initially set it up so please be sure to open the account well in advance of the submission deadline.
  • Two supporting letters of reference must be received by no later than 14 May 2018.
  • Interviews will be held in June 2018.


Fellows, if they do not have the right to reside and study in the UK, will require a visa, and must ascertain what category of visa is most suitable for them. The University of London is licensed to issue sponsorship certificates for Tier 5 visas. If Fellows need to enter the UK under a Tier 5 visa, they should apply for a sponsorship certificate through the IHR Fellowship Office, which they can then use in their visa application to the Home Office. Further details of visa categories can be found at

Application format

  • Hard copy applications will be deemed ineligible. Only applications made using the IHR’s online application system will be considered.
  • Applications for which the requested supporting documents (one-page CV, thesis summary and timetable for thesis completion) are not uploaded will be deemed ineligible.
  • Applications which do not receive their full complement of two supporting letters of reference will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her referees supply letters in support of the application.


Once an application has been submitted, a standard email will be sent automatically to the addresses supplied by the applicant in the ‘Referees’ section of the online application form. This will provide the referees with a link to the online system, where they can upload their reference letter. These letters must be uploaded to the online application system directly by the referee, not by the applicant. Applicants may arrange instead for a portfolio of generic references to be sent by their university, where such a service is offered. In that case the box in the ‘Referees’ section marked ‘Portfolio to follow’ should be ticked, and the referee details left blank. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her referees supply letters in support of the application, and it is strongly advised that referees are contacted well before the application is submitted. Due to the high volume of applications the program is not able to inform applicants of whether references have been received, although longlisted applicants will be contacted if a reference is outstanding. Applications which do not receive their full complement of two supporting letters of recommendation by 14 May 2018 will not be considered.  

Application content

As well as completing the ‘Personal Details’, ‘Education’ and ‘Referees’ sections, applicants should also upload the following three documents:

  • A double-sided, one-page CV (maximum), listing any educational details, publications, 4 research papers and other relevant academic information not submitted elsewhere in the application. Your name must be included on all pages.
  • An outline of the subject of thesis research (no more than 750 words). Your name and page numbers must be included on all pages.
  • A timetable for thesis completion, including details of chapters still to be written/edited and any additional research to be undertaken (no more than 500 words). Your name and page numbers must be included on all pages. 

Selection policies

A committee of senior historians will in the first instance draw up a short list of interview candidates from eligible applicants. The committee will assess the quality of applications with reference to the following criteria:

  • The academic record of the candidate as exhibited by CV and references;
  • The importance of the thesis research to the applicant’s field;
  • The prospects for completing research within the time projected and funds awarded;
  • All other considerations being equal, the candidate’s likely contribution to the academic life of the IHR.

The school of advanced study

Applicants are strongly advised to investigate the resources that are available to them within the University of London, and particularly at the School of Advanced Study, to which the IHR belongs. Details can be found at and 

Final report

Within three months of the end of the Fellowship period (i.e. before 1 January 2020), each Fellow will send to the Institute of Historical Research (by email) a written report on the Fellowship experience, detailing the activities undertaken during the period of his/her Fellowship and an outline of future career plans. 

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April 03, 2018
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