Bloomsbury Academic and the Institute of Historical Research are happy to announce an Inclusive Histories partnership, that seeks to improve the publishing opportunities available for early-career history researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds. This new annual initiative will support recent PHD students, from anywhere in the world, in developing their thesis into a Bloomsbury monograph. It offers an online workshop on how to develop a book proposal and the opportunity for shortlisted book proposals – selected by an IHR panel – to receive full peer review.

The most successful proposal will be awarded a project completion grant of £500 (to be spent as the author chooses, on resources or expenses to enable them to complete the book) in addition to a Bloomsbury contract. We hope that this initiative will also help all participants to strengthen their book proposals and move a step closer to publication. The initiative is open to recent PhD students who are not currently in full-time, permanent, academic positions.

In support of the initiative, Rhodri Mogford, Senior Publisher for History at Bloomsbury Academic, hosted a workshop on turning a PhD thesis into a scholarly monograph, followed by a ‘demystifying academic publishing’ Q and A, with IHR Director Professor Claire Langhamer.

The Bloomsbury -IHR Inclusive Histories Initiative