The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages. The AHRC also funds more contemporary research including the design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence. Their research provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.
AHRC also offers a variety of bespoke programmes focusing on different themes or supporting new research initiatives. Check the current opportunities webpages for updates.
Research funding guide
(Note that this list is not exhaustive)
Research Grants: variable awards from £50,000 up to £250,000 for early career researchers and up to £1million for established researchers to facilitate major research projects.
AHRC Research, Development and Engagement Fellowships: awards of £50,000 to £250,000 (for early career researchers) or £300,000 (for mid-career and established researchers) aimed specifically at facilitating projects by individuals that will help them to become research leaders within their field
Research Networking Scheme: small-scale grants of up to £30,000 for up to two years, with an additional £15,000 for international costs, aimed specifically at supporting interaction and discussion
CDP (Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships) Scheme: grant funding to facilitate a studentship that is offered jointly by a Higher Education Institutions and a research-based cultural organisation. Oxford University Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) is part of the CDP scheme and hosts a number of PhD students within GLAM.
Follow-on funding for impact and engagement: variable awards up to £100,000 aimed specifically at providing impact and engagement activities