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AHRC Launches New £8m Fellowship Scheme

Date posted: 05/02/2009

Arts and Humanities Research Council announces the launch of a new fellowship scheme with an initial annual allocation of £8 million.

The new AHRC fellowship scheme represents a reaffirmation of the AHRC’s commitment to fund the research time needed to undertake world-leading research with impact and to support the career development of outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities.

The new scheme allows for:

  • highly flexible funding for researchers seeking to devote between 50% and 100% of their time over periods of up to nine months to undertake research in any areas within the AHRC’s remit.
  • a route for early career researchers, which will provide for mentoring and career development support.
  • funding of up to £120,000 (100% FEC) to include research costs and communication and dissemination activities to maximise the impact of the research outcomes.

The new scheme replaces the previous Research Leave scheme, the last round of which closes on March 5th 2009. The Fellowships scheme will offer more flexible provision designed to add value to QR-funded time and institutional support for research career development, and to complement other fellowship schemes available to UK arts and humanities researchers. The scheme will be decoupled from institutional leave, and so will enable award holders to take up their Fellowship when the research needs to be done, rather than when leave happens to be due.

The new scheme and will have a rolling open deadline. The first applications will be accepted from the 1st September 2009 with the first Fellowships expected to start in autumn 2010.

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