Centre for English Local History

Funding opportunities

English Local History Bursaries

The Centre for English Local History are also able to offer financial aid to students who are studying for a postgraduate degree in English Local History.

Hoskins/Duffield Fund

Maintenance bursaries are available to promising future postgraduates due to the generosity of the Hoskins Duffield Fund in the Centre for English Local History.


Applicants must have a strong first degree in History or a related discipline, and must be applying to study either full-time or part-time on the MA History (Local History) to start in September 2021.

Friends of the Centre for English Local History

The Friends offer bursaries for the MA History (Local History). Students may apply for support to cover a wide range of expenses, including travel and accommodation on field trips, archival visits, conferences, books and fees. Find out more about the Friends of the Centre for English Local History.

The Phil Batman Family History Prize

The Professor Phil Batman Family History Prize will be awarded annually for outstanding work on any aspect of the history of the family undertaken at any UK University of Higher Education Institution. Only original work submitted in the current academic year will be eligible.

There are two separate competitions.

  • The first is for Undergraduate Dissertations at BA level (up to 10,000 words long). The deadline for this is 31 July each year.
  • The second is for Postgraduate Dissertations at Master’s level (up to 20,000 words long). The deadline for this is 30 November each year.

Each prize of up to £500 will be awarded by a panel consisting of two academic staff of the Centre for English Local History, in liaison with Professor Phil Batman and other Trustees of the Professor Batman Family History Fund.

If you are interested in submitting your work, or would like to discuss if your dissertation is eligible, please contact the Director of the Centre for English Local History: Professor Andrew Hopper at ajh69@le.ac.uk 

The John Nichols Prize

The Centre also administers an essay competition for the annual John Nichols Prize, an award of £100 for the best work of up to 20,000 words on a local history topic.

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