Bursaries

The Society for the Study of Labour History offers financial support to PhD students, post-graduate researchers and independent scholars engaged in postgraduate-level research, as well as to BA and MA students to support archival and library research.

Research Bursary

The Society for the Study of Labour History offers bursaries for up to £500 for PhD students, post-graduate researchers (MA and doctoral) and independent scholars engaged in postgraduate-level research in the field of labour history to fund essential archive or library research that they are unable to undertake due to absence of funds. This replaces the E. P. Thompson Memorial Bursary that was only available for consulting the archives at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.

We take a broad view of ‘labour history’ that includes cultural and social aspects as well as political and institutional ones. We would, in particular, welcome applications from female researchers. Mature and part-time PhD students will be eligible as well as full-time students.

On presentation of final receipts you will also be expected to provide the Society with a 250-350 word report on the activities supported by this bursary, detailing how this will contribute to your dissertation research. This report will be published on the Society’s website – please read the guidance notes at the end of this form. Full payment of the bursary will not be made until this short report and receipts have been submitted and accepted. The report may have to be revised if not considered sufficiently detailed before any funds can be released.

You are also asked to acknowledge the financial support of the SSLH in your dissertation.

Download the application form.

BA/MA Dissertation Bursary

The SSLH BA/Masters Dissertation Bursary is designed to support archival and library research that will contribute to a dissertation on a labour history topic up to a maximum of £500

If successful, you will be expected to join the SSLH – the cost of doing so will be included in your bursary. Student membership of the SSLH costs £15.90. Find out how to join.

You must be a registered student at a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. Bursary holders must either be in the final year of an undergraduate degree or undertaking a taught Masters degree.

On presentation of final receipts you will also be expected to provide the Society with a 250-350 word report on the activities supported by this bursary, detailing how this will contribute to your dissertation research. This report will be published on the Society’s website – please read the guidance notes at the end of this form. Full payment of the bursary will not be made until this short report and receipts have been submitted and accepted. The report may have to be revised if not considered sufficiently detailed before any funds can be released.

You are also asked to acknowledge the financial support of the SSLH in your dissertation.

Download the application form.

Read reports from recent recipients of SSLH bursaries