This joint scheme is designed to support Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) history in the UK. It is administered by the Social History Society in partnership with Economic History Society, History UK, History of Education Society (UK), History Workshop Journal, Royal Historical Society, Society for the Study of Labour History and Women’s History Network. The scheme was launched in 2019 in recognition of the under-representation, structural inequalities and racism afflicting UK Higher Education Institutions, highlighted by the Royal Historical Society’s report on ‘Race, Ethnicity and Equality’.

The joint scheme provides small grants to support activities and events run by BME historians working in the UK OR to support events and activities exploring histories of BME people.

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 one of the above societies (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).

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support research, conferences, workshops or symposia as well as other public history activities such as exhibitions, walking tours, performances or podcasts. We reserve the right to offer a partial grant. Previously funded projects have included walking tours, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, podcasts and an undergraduate conference.

Update: In recognition of the disruption cause by the pandemic, and the disproportionate impact that this has been shown to have on BAME communities, we have expanded the remit of the BME Events and Activities Small Grants to include directly incurred research costs. This means that the grants can be used to contribute towards the costs of consumables, travel and subsistence, equipment purchase, and similar immediate costs of conducting research. The grant cannot be used to cover directly allocated costs, such as estates, researchers’ time, facilities, or the use of existing equipment. The grant is also not to subsidise course fees. By supporting the directly incurred research costs of BME historians and research into BME history, the grants will be better placed to provide responsive and targeted support for this vital scholarship to continue in difficult times.

Applications are administered by the Social History Society but funding decisions are made by an independent judging panel currently composed of Dr Meleisa Ono-George, Professor Catherine Hall and Dr Jonathan Saha.

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 12 November 2021 and we aim to make decisions regarding funding within one calendar month. Awards must be spent within 12 months of being awarded. We ask all award holders to forward a short report no later than three months after the event or activities have taken place.

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The completed application form should be emailed to