Young and Student Fellow Grants

Supporting young or student Fellows of the Society specifically

Grants are available to support young and student Fellows of the Society (under 26 years old or a current full time matriculated student at 30 November of year of application – normally those who are currently “Under 26 or Student Fellows” of the Society).  These grants can help with the costs of:

Individual grants do not normally exceed a maximum of £2,000, with those to attend conferences not normally exceeding £400, and are awarded competitively.

This grant scheme was originally created as a Bursary in 1985 utilising a generous bequest from Miss McKechnie.  In 2018 the Council Trustees broadened the remit to help focus and emphasise support for the younger generation of scholars to undertake quality research, and are made on the recommendation of the Grants and Awards Committee subject to funds being available.


A Young and Student Fellow Grant is awarded competitively with the specific aim to support Young Fellows under 26 years old or full-time student Fellows at 30 November of year of application.

Potential applicants looking for conference support should not be in receipt of other subventions which might cover the whole cost of attendance at a conference, but part or whole of a Grant might be awarded to top up funds from other sources.  Applications are assessed on the basis of the ability of the candidate, the quality of the proposed research or conference paper (and international standing of the conference itself if applicable), as judged on the synopsis in the application form.  A précis of the paper or summary of the research conducted will be published on the Society’s website.

The Detailed Guidelines for grants should be consulted prior to application.


Young and Student Fellow Grant applications should be addressed to the Director and arrive in the Society offices on or before the 30 November each year.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that supporting referees are aware of their nomination and able to respond to enquiries from the Society.

The Grants and Awards Committee usually meets by March and their recommendations are considered by Council by April, applicants can therefore expect to hear whether they have been successful either late in April or May each year.

Further deadlines regarding the use of grant money and reporting can be found in the guidelines.

Application Form

Download Grant Application Form Here (Word doc)

Download Grant Guidelines Here (PDF)

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