Grants for Postgraduate Research

The Peter Parish Memorial Fund aims to help the next generation of British American historians to embark on a career of scholarly historical research into the nineteenth-century United States. The Fund Committee welcomes applications for grants to help with the cost of travel to the United States for the purpose of research and/or participating in a conference/and/or remote research into the nineteenth-century US, which might include the following:

  • Reproduction of archival materials
  • Microfilm access
  • Subscriptions to online resources
  • Copies of published material, or unpublished dissertations, if critical to a project and unavailable either online or in the UK

Grants will not normally exceed £750

Applicants should complete the standard application form, below


In order to be eligible applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • A member of BrANCH
  • Registered for a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in nineteenth-century US history at a UK university
  • OR be an ECR (usually defined as within 8 years of a successful completion of a PhD in nineteenth-century US history) and in precarious (part-time or temporary) employment
  • Researching the history of the United States between 1787 and 1917
  • Planning to make their trip in the twelve months following the competition deadline in nineteenth-century US history
  • Usually not a previous recipient of a Parish Travel Grant
  • There may be some flexibility in eligibility criteria. Please contact the BrANCH chair (Emily West) if you are unsure

Application Procedure

There are two rounds of applications each year. The deadlines are JANUARY 7 and JULY 1.

The awards will be announced within a month of each deadline.

Please complete the application form provided.

Applications should be submitted by email to Professor Emily West, BrANCH Chair,

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • How effectively has the applicant communicated the importance of their project?
  • Has the applicant provided a rationale for their research (for example, details of archives AND specific collections to be consulted, details of the proposed conference and an abstract of the paper to be given, details of the materials to be accessed remotely)?
  • Has the applicant provided a realistic estimate of their expenditure?
  • Has the applicant made an effort to secure funding from other sources?

The committee reserves the right to prioritize, where appropriate, candidates who are NOT in receipt of any alternative funding (for example via an AHRC consortium or a University scheme)

The committee also reserves the right NOT to make any awards in any given round of applications

Conditions of Award

  • Applications will only be considered for future expenditure and will need to be repaid if unspent
  • Grant recipients should agree to provide a short piece of writing about their project (up to 1,000 words) to the committee for publication as a blog on the BrANCH website
  • Grant recipients should acknowledge the support of the Peter Parish Memorial Fund and BrANCH in any dissertation or published work resulting from research aided by the fund
  • Grant recipients are requested to present a paper on their research at the subsequent BrANCH Annual Conference and/or a BrANCH Postgraduate Event
  • Recipients who use social media should use this to promote the BrANCH Parish Travel Awards and to engage with readers of their blog

If you have any further questions about the award scheme please contact Emily West (

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