The Social History Society is aware that the current COVID-19 emergency is negatively affecting historians in multiple ways. To support the community of social and cultural historians during this crisis the Society has decided to redirect funds that we would normally allocate to support conferences and workshops through Grants for Events into short-term hardship support.

Applications are invited for a one-off payment of up to £300 to support historians who are experiencing difficulties in carrying out their research owing to unexpected financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be spent on research resources such as books, access to online resources, or vital computer equipment.

The scheme is open to postgraduate researchers registered at a UK university, early career scholars (within three years of viva date), independent scholars and those working outside higher education institutions.

Applicants must be members of the SHS (or willing to become one), ordinarily be resident in the UK, and not employed in a full time, permanent job.

Download the application form

The completed application form should be emailed to our Honorary Secretary, Gerorgina Brewis, at