Introduction to the Guide

The AHRC seeks to promote and support high quality arts and humanities research through a variety of funding opportunities across its schemes from postgraduate studentships to large scale collaborative research grants, specialist training schemes to strategic programmes, fellowships to research networking.

Research funding is available through the AHRC’s responsive mode schemes (high-quality research in any subject area within the AHRC’s remit) and through research programmes and other specific initiatives (funding for high-quality research in specific areas of intellectual urgency and wider resonance).

This funding guide contains details of the post-doctoral funding schemes that are operated in responsive mode. You should note that the schemes we operate offer very different types of support. It is important to think carefully about the most appropriate scheme for the research project you propose to undertake.

This guide is split into separate sections providing information on the different elements of the application process and it addresses subjects such as eligibility, how to apply, any important dates to note.

Case studies of research previously funded by the AHRC are available on our website.

The guide is updated throughout the year and you should ensure that you are reading the most recent version by checking for any recent updates. The content on the web pages and in the PDF file version are the same, although there are slight differences in layout.

About the Research Funding Guide

This guide is intended to cover rules and policies for our responsive mode schemes. Each scheme has different aims, funding limits, durations, etc. - although many standard rules do apply to all. All applicants should read the information about costs, eligibility, application guidance, assessment criteria, peer review, award decisions, and the additional information. These sections contain standard rules and policies, which normally apply to all schemes. However, anything noted for a particular scheme will supersede the rule or policy in subsequent sections.