IHR Doctoral Fellowships

The Institute of Historical Research administers Doctoral Fellowships in History.

Funded by the Isobel Thornley Trust.

All applications to the Thornley Fellowship must be part of the University of London or member institutions.

About the IHR doctoral fellowships

The IHR doctoral fellowship available this year:

•    The Isobel Thornley Bequest offers three Fellowship (6 months) which is open to candidates regardless of nationality but only to those registered for a PhD at the University of London

Area of research


Amount awarded

£7,863 - half year 


What we offer

Fellows will be offered the mentorship of the IHR’s Director and other staff across the School of Advanced Study. This will include help in planning the future, through: career advice; assistance with applications for jobs, postdocs and fellowships; mock interviews; and guidance with publication plans and research grant applications. Augmenting our close connections across academia, the IHR’s extensive partnerships will be open to those Fellows who are interested in working in sectors outside of the academy. Fellows will have the support of our Fellowships Officer throughout the fellowship. At the IHR they will have access to our world-renowned Wohl Library, extended electronic resources, and our extensive seminar and events programme.  


Our Fellows’ seminar programme provides an opportunity for each Fellow to present their research in a collegial atmosphere, before their peers, senior historians, and others. Fellows have free access to the IHR’s research training courses, and are offered a number of exclusive, tailored training workshops.

Eligibility requirements

The Fellowships are intended as writing-up awards for those who can make a clear argument about the need for additional time beyond the three years of doctoral study (or equivalent in the case of part-time or international students with longer programmes of study). They will be awarded to doctoral students who are engaged in the completion of a doctorate in history (broadly defined), on topics from 300AD to the present day. Applicants must have completed at least three years of full-time or four years of part-time research on their doctoral programme (and not more than four years’ full-time or six years’ part-time) at the beginning of the academic year in which the awards will be held. Adjustments to these timings will be made for international degrees, which may be longer in duration.

These awards cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.

At the discretion of the Director of the Institute, Fellows may engage in teaching or other paid work for up to six hours per week.

If you have a query about your eligibility to apply for this, please contact the Fellowships Officer at ihr.fellowships@sas.ac.uk 

Information for applicants

IHR Thornley Fellowships Guidelines 2022 PDF 189.92 KB

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Closing date 20th July 2022

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