The Social History Society, Economic History Society, History UK, the Society for the Study of Labour History and the Women’s History Network maintain a funding scheme to support Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) history in the UK. The scheme was created in recognition of the under-representation, structural inequalities and racism afflicting UK Higher Education Institutions.

This scheme provides small grants to support activities and events run by BME historians or on subjects relating to BME history. It is open to applicants looking to run conferences, workshops and symposia, as well as other activities such as exhibitions, walking tours, performances of podcasts.

The scheme will make individual grants of up to £750, totalling no more than £2,000 each year.

The scheme is open to professional historians (whether working in universities or elsewhere such as museums, libraries and galleries), independent scholars, retired staff and students alike. Applicants should be members of the SHS, EHS, SSLH or WHN (or be willing to become members), or, if they are employed in permanent post in a university history department, their department be a subscriber to History UK (or be willing to become one). You can find out more about membership of the SHS here, membership of the EHS here, membership of the SSLH here, and membership of the WHN here.

A panel of experts, comprised of Professor Catherine Hall (University College London), Dr Meleisa Ono-George (University of Warwick) and Dr Jonathan Saha (University of Leeds), will assess all applications to the scheme.

The application should clearly state details of the proposed event or activity for which funding is being sought. Whatever the sum granted, there must be prominent acknowledgement of the SHS, EHS, HUK, SSLH and WHN support in any publicity, meeting materials or resulting publications. Any events held with support from the fund should also be advertised on the Society’s website and, as far as is practicable, be open equally to all interested social historians.

Read the full terms of acceptance

Questions concerning the objectives and criteria of the fund should be directed to Georgina Brewis, the Honorary Secretary, at

Applications for the current round of funding will close on 1 September 2019 and we aim to make decisions regarding funding within one month. Awards must be spent within six months and the successful candidate should submit a brief report of the event no later than three months after the event has taken place.

Download the application form

The completed application form should be emailed to