The Social History Society greatly values its postgraduate members and has a strong record of supporting postgraduate researchers through reduced membership rates and substantial postgraduate representation at its annual conference.

Postgraduate study can be a difficult experience; getting involved with a lively community like the Social History Society can offer a great personal and professional boost. Membership provides a platform to share your research and to network with your fellow historians.


On the committee

The opinions of postgraduates and ECRs are taken into account on all major issues. To ensure this, there are two postgraduate representatives elected to the Society’s executive committee. As well as participating in the regular business of the Society, they also bring to the attention of the committee matters that of particular pertinence to postgraduate and early career researchers.

Find out more about postgraduate representatives


At conference

Postgraduates are encouraged to submit paper proposals and research posters for the annual conference or simply to attend, make contacts and enjoy the diverse range of papers on offer. The Society has long awarded a prize for the best paper given by a postgraduate at the annual conference, decided upon by a panel of judges. In 2015, a second prize was established for the best research poster displayed at conference by a postgraduate student. Over the course of the conference, a vote is held in which attendees an vote for the prize winner. Find out more…

Postgraduate Paper Prize  Postgraduate Poster Prize

At some conferences we’re able to work with our host institutions to provide a small number of bursaries for postgraduate students to attend. In 2017 the UCL Institute of Education awarded three Richard Aldrich Bursaries. For our 40th anniversary conference in 2016 we awarded five bursaries – one full bursary in memory of our colleague Neil Armstrong while a further four smaller bursaries generously funded by Adam Matthews Digital.

For our June 2018 conference, Keele University’s School of Humanities has generously funded two bursaries for postgraduate or early-career researchers.

Find out more about 2018 conference bursaries