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AHRC Leadership Fellowship

AHRC Leadership Fellows Scheme (formerly ‘Standard Fellowships’)

Applications must be submitted through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

Deadline for submission: There are no fixed deadlines; applications may be made throughout the year. NB. The assessment process for applications takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for any proposal should be no earlier than nine months from the date of submission.


The scheme aims to develop and promote ‘research leaders’, being individuals who set research agendas, lead research communities, provide intellectual leadership and have a transformative impact in their field. The scheme also aims for advocacy of the value of the arts and humanities to the non-academic public and offers opportunities to work in partnership with the AHRC.

The scheme provides time for researchers to develop capabilities as research leaders, conduct excellent individual research and undertake collaborative leadership activities connected to their research.


Funding of between £50,000 and £250,000 (full economic cost) is provided. The minimum duration is six months and the maximum duration is eighteen months for applicants on a full time contract. Duration for those on part-time contracts will be pro-rata (full details available in the AHRC funding guide, available below). Applicants must be able to commit 100% of their normal contracted working time to the fellowship for a maximum of twelve months. Fellowships in excess of twelve months must include a part-time element.

Funding will be provided for salary, travel and subsistence, consumables and items of equipment costing less than £10,000. Funding may be provided for a small period of research assistance (not exceeding 12 months full time equivalent) however the Fellow must conduct the majority of the work.


Applicants must have the support of their Head of Department and a written statement of support must be included in the application. Applicants must have at least two years of post-doctoral experience in a research/academic environment and be able to demonstrate a track record of publications and/or other research outputs. Applicants must be salaried members of staff and must have worked for the University for at least 12 months prior to submission of an application. Applicants must hold a contract of employment with the University which exceeds the duration of the proposed fellowship.

Full details of the Leadership Fellows scheme are available here.


Please contact the Faculty's and (Director of Research) if you intend to put forward an application to this scheme.