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.
How to apply:
Please contact Dr Clive Burgess to discuss an application.
To apply you will need to provide an outline budget showing how your grant would be used.
You should also arrange for two references to be sent directly to Dr Burgess.
Applications can be submitted at any time for consideration by the Committee, but prospective applicants are advised that the Committee meets only once or twice a year.
Recipients of a grant from the Thornley Fund are required to acknowledge this by stating in the preface or other appropriate place within the work that it has been published ‘with the help of a grant from the late Miss Isobel Thornley’s Bequest to the University of London.’
On publication, one copy of your item must be sent, free of charge, to each of Senate House Library and the Institute of Historical Research.