The AHRC’s Fellowships scheme has been revised in order to enhance the development of research leadership across the arts and humanities. The scheme now provides time for research leaders, or potential future research leaders, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond. In addition to demonstrating support for high quality, world leading research and associated outputs, proposals must include collaborative activities to support the development of the Fellow’s capacity for research leadership in the arts and humanities.
Fellowships are supported as a partnership with Research Organisations. Applicants should discuss any potential application with their Research Organisation at an early stage, as strong evidence of institutional support for the proposed Fellow’s career and leadership development is required as part of the application process.
Applications for Fellowships will be welcomed for research in any subject area within the AHRC’s remit. Proposals may be for research at a range of stages of development, provided that substantial high quality research outputs are planned to emerge directly from the Fellowship. A range of activities, including knowledge exchange, can be included in Fellowship proposals and the scheme incorporates elements of the former Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships schemes.
This route supports applications from early career researchers with outstanding future leadership potential who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Funding Guide. There is a separate route for mid and senior researchers.
The early career route of the Fellowships scheme provides salary and associated costs for periods of between 6 and 24 months. Proposals with a full economic cost of between £50,000 and £250,000 may be submitted.
Further details about changes to the scheme’s aims, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria are detailed in the latest version of the Research Funding Guide (pdf 919kb)
Fellowships changes FAQs (pdf 84kb)