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).

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 version of the Funding Guide (PDF, 1MB) are the same, although there are slight differences in layout.

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

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 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.

AHRC has modified the online view of the Research Funding Guide to make it easier to view on the website. We have tried to make it easier to view the individual sections of the guide by including a filter of topics on the right-hand side of this page. For instance if you just want to know about attachments, clicking on the ‘Attachments’ box will provide you with all information relating to attachments for all schemes listed in the guide. However, if you click on ‘Attachments’ and ‘Leadership Fellows’ it will provide you with information on attachments common across all schemes but strip out any information on attachments that are not relevant for non-Leadership Fellows schemes. If you then wanted to look at attachments for ‘Research Grants’ for instance you should un-tick ‘Leadership Fellows’ and tick ‘Research Grants’.

Please note the filter of topics is in alphabetical order and not section order. Please also note that the more filters you tick, the less likely information is to appear.

The content has not changed and remains the same as the PDF version of the Funding Guide, (PDF, 1MB) which has not changed.