University Research Grants Rules and Guidance (URGs)

Reviewed and confirmed by SAHR Council - March 2016

The purpose of the Society for Army Historical Research’s URGs is to further a charitable purpose of the Society by providing encouragement and support to research undertaken by those studying at Universities.


Grants are open to any person world-wide currently studying at a university or similar institution.


It is the Society’s intention every year to give a sum up to £1000 and two sums up to £500 to successful applicants. The grants are for expenses associated with research such as travel, accommodation etc. but not, for example, to write up material already researched.

Subject Scope

URGs are further only granted for research that relates to the British Army or of 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 which supported them. This also includes armies of the countries of the British Empire or Commonwealth including 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).


The process of award is continuous but the cut off points for acceptance and consideration of the URGs are:

Major Grant (£1000) – Closing date 31 August. The successful applicant will be informed and the grant made available in September of the same year.

Minor Grants (£500) – Closing date 31 May. The successful applicants will be informed and the grant made available in June of the same 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.

For an Application to be considered the applicant must provide:

  1. An attached scanned copy of his/her current student ID.
  2. Contact details of an Academic Referee who has knowledge of the area of research and who, if approached, will be able to support the reason for the application for a grant.
  3. An itemised breakdown of what the grant is to be spent on.

Please give as much relevant detail as possible in the sections of the application itself. All matters and queries relating to URGs should be addressed to the SAHR Grants Administrator via No other contact on the subject of URGs 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 a URG 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 URG 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.

Membership of the Society will not be a matter of an advantage over applicants who are not Members. Successful Applicants who are not Members will be given three years free student membership in the hope that thereafter ‘subscription paid’ membership will follow. It is also expected that within those three years the Society might publish in its Journal a contribution arising from the research that has been supported.