Independent Research Grants Rules and Guidance (IRGs)

The purpose of the Society for Army Historical Research’s IRGs is to further a charitable role of the Society by providing encouragement and support for research undertaken by those researching outside of the university environment.


Grants are open to any member of the Society for Army Historical Research world-wide not currently enrolled at a university or similar institution.


It is the Society’s intention every year to give a sum up to £1,000 to successful applicants. The grants are for expenses associated with research such as travel, accommodation, permission to use a digital camera in an archive, photocopying fees etc. but not, for example, to write up material already researched. However, the Society will consider applications for fees towards image licenses for publications.

Subject Scope

IRGs will only be granted for research that relates to the British Army or the land forces of the British Empire and the Commonwealth. This includes any aspect of the Army and its activities, including reserve or auxiliary units, (Militia, Yeomanry, Fencibles, Volunteers or Home Guard), or the offices and institutions that supported them. This also includes forces maintained by non-Crown bodies within the Empire, such as the Honourable East India Company, or forces allied to and forming an integral part of the land forces operating on behalf of the Crown (North America Indians, for example). This does not include land forces administered by the Admiralty, such as Royal Marine Commandos.


The award(s) for the IRGs will be made at the meeting of the SAHR Council in December. The successful applicant(s) will be informed and the grant(s) made available immediately afterwards. Applications can be submitted at any time of the year. However, in order to be included in the December adjudication, the deadline for acceptance and consideration of the IRG is 1 November each year.

Completing the Application

In order to apply for a grant, please download and complete this form.

Applications are to be made electronically to and receipt will be acknowledged.

Applications must include an itemised breakdown of what the grant is to be spent on.

For an application to be considered the applicant must provide contact details of a referee who has knowledge of the intended area of research and who, if approached, will be able to support the application for a grant and vouch for the recipient's intentions. The referees of all applications that reach the shortlist will be approached.

Please give as much relevant detail as possible in the application itself. All matters and queries relating to IRGs should be addressed No other contact on the subject of IRGs will be entertained by Council Members or Officers of the Society.
Applicants will be notified of rejected and/or unsuccessful applications. An unsuccessful application may be re-submitted in improved form in the year following. The award of an IRG does not disbar an application for a second grant in the year following the award.


Awards will be made by the decision of the Elected Council of the Society, acting on the advice of the IRG Sub Committee. Awards will be made strictly on merit based on the content of the Application, and on no other criteria. The amount of money and timing of the awards may be varied by the Society’s Council at its discretion.

It is expected that successful candidates will inform the Society of the publication of their research within three years of the grant. It is expected that a version of their research findings will be offered to the Society for publication in the Journal.