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AHRC research, development and engagement fellowships: standard route to support mid-career and established researchers

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This fellowship scheme allows researchers to carry out high-quality research in any area covered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It also provides the opportunity to develop capabilities as research specialists and to undertake innovative and collaborative development activities.

Summary:

  • for mid-career and established researchers at eligible research organisations
  • funding is available for projects with full economic costs of between £50,000 and £300,000 lasting between six and 18 months
  • research can be at various stages of development.

Who can apply

This scheme is designed to support arts and humanities researchers at mid-career and established career stages, providing opportunities to undertake ambitious, innovative research and to develop capabilities as research specialists.

You can apply if you are a postdoctoral researcher with at least two years’ experience and have worked at least one year at an eligible organisation. You must have the support of your host organisation throughout the fellowship.

Read the AHRC research funding guide (PDF, 1MB).

What we're looking for

We are looking for individuals who can:

  • carry out high-quality individual research which has the potential to generate a significant impact on their discipline
  • develop capabilities as research specialists and create opportunities for outreach beyond their research field
  • undertake innovative and collaborative development activities, including the initiation of new research, which will result in benefits for their own discipline(s) and beyond.

You can work full time or part time on a fellowship. Full-time fellowships are for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 18 months. The limits for part-time workers are worked out on a pro-rata basis. For example, if you are working half time, the minimum duration is one year and the maximum is three years.

Enhancing the fellow’s skillset is a core element of this scheme. The types of activity that you may want to follow will vary depending on your research area and career stage, but might include:

  • fostering wider impact from your research
  • developing emerging research areas, methods or approaches
  • fostering interdisciplinary research involving your field
  • encouraging new research collaborations and partnerships
  • inspiring creativity in other researchers
  • providing intellectual leadership.

Our main research areas are:

  • histories, cultures and heritage: archaeology, classics, cultural and museum studies, development studies, history, information and communication technologies, law and legal studies, library and information studies, philosophy, political science and international studies, theology and divinity and religion.
  • creative and performing arts: dance, design, drama and theatre studies, media, music and visual arts
  • languages and literature and linguistics.

Find out more about areas and disciplines we support.

Before applying, read the AHRC research funding guide, (PDF, 1MB).

How to apply

You can apply for a research, development and engagement fellowship at any time. Your application must be made through the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).

We normally take 30 weeks to assess your proposal. You should start your fellowship no earlier than nine months and no later than 18 months after you submit your application.

You will need to attach to your application:

  • a case for support
  • curriculum vitae
  • publication lists
  • visual evidence if applicable
  • data management plan
  • justification of resources
  • workplan
  • head of department statement
  • mentor statement (for early career researchers only)
  • letter of support from project partner if applicable.

You can find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook and the AHRC research funding guide, (PDF, 1MB).

How we will assess your application

Your application will be considered by a minimum of two members of our peer review college. You may be given the opportunity to respond to reviewers’ comments. Your research organisation will have access to an anonymised review. Your application will then go to a peer review panel which will make recommendations to AHRC on funding decisions.

We will assess your proposal on:

  • the quality and importance of the research
  • your ability or potential to provide leadership in your field of research
  • the appropriateness and potential of your leadership activities
  • the support already shown and planned by your institution for your leadership development
  • relevance of the research project and leadership activities to your career development if you are an early career researcher
  • management of the project
  • data management
  • value for money
  • outputs, dissemination and impact.

Find out more about peer review and our assessment criteria in our research funding guide (PDF, 1MB).

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