The Social History Society greatly values its postgraduate members.
We have a strong record of supporting postgraduate researchers through reduced membership rates and substantial postgraduate representation at our annual conference.
Postgraduate study can be a difficult experience. But 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.
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 also made efforts to provide bursaries for postgraduate students to attend (either through external sponsorship or from our own funds). For our 40th anniversary conference in 2016 we awarded five bursaries, including a full bursary in memory of our late colleague Neil Armstrong. In 2017, the UCL Institute of Education awarded three Richard Aldrich Bursaries. For our 2018 conference, Keele University’s School of Humanities has generously funded two bursaries for postgraduate or early-career researchers. And in 2019, we awarded ten postgraduate bursaries from our own funds.
The Society has long awarded a prize for the best paper given by a postgraduate at the annual conference. In 2015, a second prize was established for the best research poster displayed at conference by a postgraduate student. We have recently launched a third prize for postgraduate students who can demonstrate excellence in taking their research beyond the academy.