IAPH Bursary Winners 2023

The Irish Association of Professional Historians is delighted announce the winners of the 2023 Bursary scheme.

Susannah Deedigan proposes to travel to Boston College in order to undertake vital archival research in the Burns Library.

John Marshall will be presenting a paper at the forthcoming International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds.

Congratulations to Susannah and John. We wish you all the very best with your projects.

Open Letter to Minister Harris from the IAPH Committee

In response to both the publication of the draft Research & Innovation Bill 2023 and the responses to the same from both position paper issued by the Irish Humanities Alliance and the Change.org petition issued by a cohort of peer historians, the IAPH has also submitted a letter to the Minister on behalf of the IAPH Membership. Read it here: 2023.05.05_IAPH Open Letter Research and Innovation Bill.

AGM and Annual Public Lecture 2023

The 2023 AGM of the IAPH will take place on Tuesday 23 May 2023 at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin, at 6pm. This event will be followed by the Annual IAPH Lecture at 7pm. The lecture will be given by Dr Elaine Farrell (QUB) and Dr Leanne McCormick (UU) and is entitled ‘Sharing the stories of the Bad Bridget Project’.

All members are invited to attend the AGM. The lecture is open to both members and non-members. Book your free tickets via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iaph-annual-public-lecture-2023-tickets-632629019427.

Shut Up & Write Workshop

Event Date: Friday, 24 February 2023

Are you struggling to write ‘that’ Chapter, Article or Abstract? Do you struggle to put your ideas on paper or, even worse, are you struggling to get into the groove of writing? Join us for ‘Shut Up and Write’, an IAPH writing workshop for PhD students who need help kickstarting or maintaining their writing habit. ‘SUAW’ is as simple as it sounds. We meet for several hours, put all distractions aside and write for 45 minutes uninterrupted. Nothing is needed except your laptop or, if you’re old school, a pen & paper.

This is a practical workshop designed to

  1. a) provide a collaborative space to write
  2. b) address any pressing issues PhD students have when it comes to writing and/or publishing their work.

Held in Ulster University’s new Belfast campus (just a stone throw away from the famous St. George’s market), this four hour event is split between a writing workshop and a writing Q&A forum.


The tentative timetable is:

11am: Meet and Greet/Set Writing Intentions

11.15am – 12pm: First Writing Bloc

12.15pm – 12.30pm: Tea Break (provided free of charge)

12.30 – 1.15pm: Second Writing Bloc

1.15pm-2pm: Lunch (provided free of charge)

2pm-3pm: Q&A on writing (how to publish, how to write PhD chapters, how to edit etc.)


This is a great opportunity for IAPH members to improve their writing, network with fellow PhD students and to gain an insight into the academic process.


Costs & Registration

This event will take place on Friday, 24 February 2023 and is free for all IAPH members, but registration is essential. Please register in advance by emailing info@irishhistorians.ie with the subject heading Workshop Registration. There is a €5 charge for non-IAPH members to cover catering.


Host Bio:

Dr. Conor Heffernan is a Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at Ulster University. Conor finished his PhD in History at University College Dublin in 2019. In that time he has published over 50 academic articles and chapters, two single authored books and one co-edited book. Outside of academia Conor holds a regular writing position with Barbend.com

IFUT Precarity Campaign Information Session

At 5.30pm on 25 January 2023, the Irish Association of Professional Historians will host an information session with Miriam Hamilton and Robert McNamara of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) on the union’s current campaign on precarious employment in academia in Ireland.

The event will take place over Zoom and is open to all current and prospective members of the IAPH. No registration is necessary, simply follow the link below to join the meeting.

IFUT is currently circulating a survey of those working in higher education (whether IFUT members, members of another trade union, or not members of any trade union) to gather information on their experiences and quality of employment. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YH55B92

Link to join meeting:


IAPH Bursaries 2023

The IAPH is pleased to announce the launch of its Members’ Bursaries scheme for 2023. These bursaries are intended to support the Association’s members in their professional activities and may be used for a range of activities, such as the attendance of conferences outside the island of Ireland, publication expenses, or the costs associated with research trips. Bursaries may also be used for professional development activities/training and conference organisation. Two bursaries, valued at €500 each, will be offered for 2023.

The deadline for applications is Friday 24 February 2023. The bursary should be used during the calendar year 2023. Further details about the scheme, eligibility, and selection as well as the application form, can be downloaded here IAPH Members’ Bursaries, Application Form.

IAPH Events in 2023

In 2023 the IAPH Committee plans to runs several events. Further details will be issued ahead of each events in the coming months. In the interim, please note that the 2023 schedule comprises:

February 2023 Title: Writing workshop geared towards PhD students.

Venue: in person in Belfast or via Zoom

Spring/Summer Title: Consultancy: personal experiences and key considerations

Venue: via Zoom

Summer 2023 Title: Career Development Outside of Academia event (how to write cv and market yourself for corporate; Enterprise Scheme; recruiters/jobs on toast; skills hub)

Venue: via Zoom

October 2023  

Title: Historian and Archivist event

Venue: tbc

December 2023 Public History & Heritage workshop.

Venue: Belfast

2022 Christmas Social (in Dublin)

The Committee is very happy to announce that the Association will be holding a Christmas social this month, for the first time in many years. We invite all members to join us at The Duke pub on Duke Street in Dublin (D02 NR76) from 4pm on Friday 16 December 2022.

We hope that many of you will be able to drop in, even for a short time, to meet the Committee and catch up with other members.

Building a Professional Profile: Research and Dissemination Seminar Series – event 2

Join us for a publishing workshop on 21 February 2022!

The second workshop in our new virtual seminar series about utilising media platforms and communicating effectively. Through this event participants will learn how historians contribute to various media platforms, learn how to effectively communicate with an audience beyond academia, and have the opportunity to ask questions about public engagement through the media.

Guest speakers:

  • Jim Carroll, editor of RTÉ Brainstorm
  • Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Head of the Department of History, NUI Galway

Please note this event is open to IAPH Members only. To register for this event please email info@irishhistorians.ie
To register to become a member please visit the IAPH website: http://irishhistorians.ie/membership/


The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Irish Association of Professional Historians will take place at 6pm on Friday 20 May 2022. The meeting will be held online.

Relevant documents and a Zoom link will be circulated to the IAPH mailing list in advance of the meeting, so make sure to keep an eye on your inboxes. We look forward to seeing you all then.