University Research Grants Rules and Guidance (URGs)

Reviewed and confirmed by SAHR Council - June 2021

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 Major grant of up to £1,000 and two Minor grants of up to £500 each 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 only granted for research that relates to the British Army or to 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 the 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 American Indians, for example).


Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, but the closing dates below will apply. Applicants who submit proposals after the relevant deadline will be invited to re-submit in the following year:

Major Grant (£1,000) – 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 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 decided upon by the Council of the Society, acting on the advice of the Grants Officer. Awards will be made strictly on merit based on the content of the Application, and on no other criteria. The amount of money and the timing of the awards may be varied by the Society’s Council at its discretion.

Membership of the Society by the applicant will have no bearing on the award of a grant; members and non-members will be treated in exactly the same way and upon the strength of their applications only. Successful applicants who are not Members will be given one year's free student membership of the Society and will receive all of the Journals in their year of application. It is hoped that thereafter they will wish to join the Society at the Student rate of subscription, which will pertain while they remain at university. Award of the grant is conditional upon the successful applicant submitting a contribution to the Journal arising from the research that has been supported.