Biggar Bequest

The Biggar Bequest was established following a donation from Mr H. P. H. Biggar in 1941.  Mr Biggar had originally intended to create a lectureship in Canadian History, which he began collecting for in 1926.  Unfortunately, due to the Great Depression, he was unable to raise the money necessary to realise his original intentions.  In 1931, Mr Biggar altered his wishes and after consulting with the University decided instead that the money should be used to purchase books in Canadian History for the Institute of Historical Research’s library.  The Trust Fund is still used for this purpose.

Chapman Bequest

In 1959 the University received a donation to promote the study of the history of the Commonwealth.  In response the University created the Henry Charles Chapman Junior Research Fellowship, which are biennial and based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

Sir Julian Corbett Prize

The Sir Julian Corbett Prize is awarded annually to reward original research in the area of modern naval history and is based at the Institute of Historical Research; it carries a monetary value of £1,000.

The award is advertised on the IHR website and further details, including the award guidelines and how to apply.

Creighton Lecture

The first Creighton Lecture took place in 1907 and was hosted by King’s College London. The lecture is a memorial to Mandall Creighton (1843 – 1901), a British historian and Bishop of the Church of England. The annual history lecture was established following the donation, half of which was from his widow, Louise Creighton.

The lecture was held at King’s College London until 2007 and its speakers included many notable historians over the century, including: Herbert Fisher, Eric Hobsbawm, Lillian Penson and G.M. Trevelyan.

Since 2011 the RPF Programmes Committee  at the School of Advanced Study has been responsible for the annual Creighton Lecture and it is now hosted by the Institute for Historical Research.

Ehrenberg Prize

The Ehrenberg Prize was established in 1978 following the bequest of Professor V.L. Ehrenberg to the Institute of Classical Studies.  The trust fund supports the George Grote Prize is Ancient History, as per the wishes of Professor Ehrenberg.  Alongside a donation of money to fund the prize, Professor Ehrenberg also bequeathed his collection of Greek and Roman antiques to the Institute.

The George Grote Prize is awarded annually for an original and hitherto unpublished study on a topic in ancient history, preferably Greek or Hellenistic history, it is worth £3,000. 

Entries are judged by the George Grote Prize Committee, comprised of teachers of ancient history within the University of London. 

Frankfort Fund

The Frankfort Fund was established following an endowment from Mrs Enriqueta Frankfort in memory of her husband Professor Henri Frankfort, who was Director of the Institute from 1949 to 1954.  The endowment is used to fund the Henri Frankfort Fellowship at the Warburg Institute.

Professor Dame Lillian Penson Memorial Fund

Professor Dame Lillian Penson was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London between 1948 and 1951; becoming not only the University’s first female Vice-Chancellor but also the first women to hold such a post at any British University.

Dame Lillian had a long history with the University; first attending Birkbeck College before attaining both a Bachelor of Arts (History) in 1917 and a PhD in 1921 at University College London.  She became a full Professor of History at the age of just 34 and was a member of the University Senate for 20 years before also serving as a member of the University Court.  Professor Penson served as professor of Modern History at Bedford College from 1930 to 1962, before becoming Professor Emeritus.  She also held academic positions at Birkbeck College and Queen Mary College.

In commemoration of her important role in its history, the University of London named one of its intercollegiate halls after her, the Lillian Penson Hall.  In addition, the Professor Dame Lillian Penson Memorial Fund was established in 1966.  The trust fund provides travel grants for students of the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies to support their studies.

Alan Pearsall Bequest

The Alan Pearsall Bequest was established in 2007 after Mr Pearsall left a legacy to the University of London to support the study of maritime history.  The fund has been used through the Institute of Historical Research, which has hosted a Pearsall Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History since 2008.

The Institute of Historical Research offers the 12-month postdoctoral Pearsall Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History.  Pearsall Fellows can conduct research on any aspect of Naval and Maritime History, from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West up to the present day.

Trevor Reese Memorial Prize

The Trevor Reese Memorial Prize was established by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in 1979.  The prize commemorates Dr Trevor Reese, a distinguished scholar of Australian and Commonwealth history, who was Reader in Imperial Studies at the Institute until his death in 1976.

The Prize, which is worth £1,000, is awarded every three years to the author of a work which has made a wide-ranging, innovative and scholarly contribution in the broadly-defined field of Imperial and Commonwealth History.  Work published in 2013, 2014 and 2015 will be eligible for the next prize, which is due to be awarded in 2016.

Albin Salton Bequest

The Albin Salton Bequest is used to fund the Albin Salton Fellowship, based at the Warburg Institute.  The late Mr Albin Salton generously endowed the annual Research Fellowship, which enables a career scholar to spend two months pursuing research into cultural contacts between Europe, the East, and the New World in the late medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods.

Daniel Stevenson Chair in International History

The Daniel Stevenson Chair in International History was established in 1925 and was for a named research professorship to be attached to the London School of Economics and to work also at the Royal Institute of International Affairs ('Chatham House'), originally as Director of Studies.  In 1956 the Institute asked for the Directorship to be removed from the responsibilities of the professor and the trust deed was amended.  Monies from the trust fund is continue to be transferred to the LSE to support the study of International History.

Isobel Thornley Bequest

The Isobel Thornley Bequest commemorates Miss Isobel Thornley who was a Recognised Teacher of the University in the Faculty of History at UCL, and who was tragically killed in an air raid on London during World War II.  The Trust Fund’s purpose is laid out in Miss Thornley’s will: “for the encouragement of postgraduate study and research, in history, in the University by means of scholarships, or such other means.”

The fund has historically made grants which allow historians publish works which would otherwise not be possible.   Applications are open to any historian who is either a graduate of the University of London or an academic working at one of its history departments, with a preference given to young scholars at the beginning of their careers.  The awarding of grants to support publications is made by the Thornley Committee, comprised of academics from each history department within the Federal University of London.

Thornley publication grants

In recent years the fund has also supported a Thornley Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research.  The fellowship is open to candidates regardless of nationality but only to those registered for a PhD at the University of London. 

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