Research Grants

The Society offers grants of up to £1000 each to research students working on the history of France or of its current or former possessions. The Society will normally make around 12 awards annually, depending upon the quality and nature of the applications.

Eligible postgraduates will be registered at a UK or Irish University, and must be undertaking research into an aspect of French history. The research grants are open to both PhD students and Masters students: those registered for taught MAs, provided they are writing a dissertation on French history; students working towards degrees in MA by research in French history; and M.Phil/PhD students working on French history who are at any stage in their research. Students already in receipt of other funding (e.g. AHRC grants) are eligible. Students are eligible to hold a maximum of one of our research grants during a Masters programme, and a further such grant during their PhD programme should they proceed to this level.

Applications should only be made using the standard application form below. The applications should be filled in electronically and sent electronically to the Secretary of the Society at the email address below. It is the applicant’s responsibility to approach the referees and to have them send their references – which should be around 300 words in length – directly to the Secretary either as an email or as an electronic attachment. All references must arrive by the stated closing date, otherwise applications will be deemed ineligible. Download: Application Form for a Postgraduate Travel Grant found here. It is a condition of award that successful candidates present a report on their research and on the trip funded by the Society. A 400-word report should be sent to the Society’s News Editor, Dr Jack Rhoden at and copied to the Secretary of the Society, Dr Luc-Andre Brunet The report must be submitted as a word document within three months of the research trip. It may be published in French History and in the News section of the website.

Candidates will be notified in early summer of the outcome of their applications, which will be assessed by the Trustees of the Society on the basis of the quality of the research and the proposal.

In exceptional circumstances, grants for research trips which have taken place before the closing date may be considered, providing the trip has taken place only after the start of the current academic year.

Deadlines are listed on the Grants summary page:

All queries, applications, references and reports should all be directed to the Secretary of the Society, Dr. Luc-Andre Brunet by email:

Supervisors: Please draw the attention of any students you are supervising to these awards, which are being offered on an annual basis.