Scholarship and Grants

Without a doubt, research is key to understanding the cause and effect of history. Specifically, delving into the still unknown areas of the Yorkist period will most assuredly gain us the knowledge necessary to appreciate the life and times of King Richard III.  In order to invigorate history’s view of an often maligned or misunderstood monarch and his reign, continued exploration, examination and inquiry is vital. 

The Richard III Foundation Scholarship for Medieval Studies

For over 10 years the Richard III Foundation Scholarship for Medieval Studies has offered an annual grant to graduate students who are in their doctoral years.  Scholarship is awarded to a student registered for a higher degree whose work is based on the Yorkist period with their work relevant to the life and reign of  King Richard III. (Students who are in receipt of awards from the AHRC and the Medieval Academy of America are not eligible.)

The Scholarship is intended to help students meet the costs of research and/or living expenses. The successful applicant will be able to provide evidence of both academic excellence and financial need. Applications will be considered from previous recipients, although the Scholarship cannot be held for more than two years continuously. 

Our distinguished panel includes Professors Ralph A. Griffths, Joel Rosenthal, Anthony Goodman, David Baldwin and Sean Cunningham.

 The Foundation has been pleased to have awarded scholarship funds to such worthy former scholars as:

The deadline for applications is 30 June. The successful applicant will be notified by 1 September.

The John Davey Research Grant for Medieval Studies

"History is not about books and dubious dates.  It is about people – living, breathing people with all the faults and flaws, gifts and glamour that we see today."  from the late John Davey.

The John Davey Research Grant for Medieval Studies was established to assist local historians and independent scholars with their research costs.

The grant is available to aid the study of a topic that is relevant to the late Fifteenth Century especially the Yorkist period of 1450-1485, and especially on the reign of King Richard III.

In the second year of our newest award, the research grant is named in memory of our special long-time patron, John Davey, we have focused the criteria on helping the local historian and independent scholar.  There are many avenues open for funding for academics but few exist that can help with the cost of research being undertaken by those who are not affiliated with a university or college. 

Peter Algar, author of "The Shepherd Lord" and committee member said: “It is impossible for the professional academics to know absolutely everything, so recourse is sometimes taken to the local historian, who provides a valuable contribution to unlocking the secrets of the past.”  

Jim Goodwin, member of the committee and one of John’s life long friend said: “In my mind’s eye I can see John sat there with both thumbs up--well he might just have a pint of his favourite ale in one hand!"

In a recent press release, Joe Ann Ricca, Founder and CEO/President recently released this statement. "John’s loss is immeasurable.  His love of history was evident in his written word.  His zeal for getting at the truth of things was important to him, and I can recall many a times he would implore me to keep the Foundation loyal to the truth. I am extremely pleased the Foundation launched this program in his memory. It will assist local historians who need our aid and support. It is one of the best ways I know that we can honor John.”

From John Davey's mother, Mary. "I would like to let you all know how excited and honoured I felt when I heard that the Foundation was planning to launch a research grant into medieval studies and  name it after my late son.  As you know, John was very interested in the life and times of Richard III - or ‘Good King Richard’ as John said he was referred to in this part of the country - and would have been thrilled at the idea of being remembered in this way.  John liked to challenge accepted knowledge of history.  I hope the recipient of the grant  will approach their research with an open mind and the courage to challenge established views and I wish them success with their project.

It remains for me to thank the Foundation for your kind remembrance of John and for all the work that has gone into launching this research grant and also special thanks to Joe Ann Ricca for  keeping me so well informed of the Foundation’s plans."

Joe Ann Ricca says “‘Loyal to the truth’ is a motto that the Foundation has steadfastly adhered to throughout its existence.  John Davey was the embodiment of that motto and by supporting both the program named in his honor and Scholarship for Medieval Studies, we will ensure that the quest for the truth will endure.”.

Our panel includes Susan A. Mahoney, Dr. Mhairi Macleod, author G. Peter Algar, archaeologist Jim Goodwin and historian and CEO/President, Joe Ann Ricca.

A core objective of the Richard III Foundation, Inc. is to correct the distorted picture of King Richard III that has come down to us through literature and popular culture.

For an application to the scholarship and/or research grant, contact us at

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