On 1 May 2014, the AHRC’s Fellowships Scheme was renamed the ‘Leadership Fellows’ scheme.  We have updated guidance which emphasises the need for applicants to give equal consideration to both leadership and research. Further details of this change are available here

The AHRC Leadership Fellows Scheme offers between £50,000 to £250,000, for a period of 6 to 18 months. The scheme provides time for research leaders, or potential future research leaders, to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities, which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond.


This scheme provides opportunities for mid and senior career researchers. This scheme is intended for those in permanent posts, generally to allow them to have time out from teaching to focus on research activities. Therefore, research staff on fixed term contracts are not eligible to apply for these schemes. For further information, please visit the section on "I need my salary covered".

From 1 August 2013, the minimum and maximum durations for the scheme for applicants on part-time contracts will change. The duration limits will be pro-rata the limits for those on FTE contracts, e.g. the maximum duration for someone on a 0.5 FTE contract will be 36 months for the standard route and 48 months for the Early Career route.

Detailed eligibility criteria are set out within the AHRC’s Leadership Fellows Scheme funding guide.


Proposals must include collaborative activities to support the development of the Fellow’s capacity for research leadership in the arts and humanities.

Leadership Fellows awards are supported as a partnership with Research Organisations. Applicants should discuss any potential application with their Research Organisation at an early stage, as strong evidence of institutional support for the proposed Fellow’s career and leadership development is required as part of the application process.

The AHRC are specifically focussing on innovative ways to exercise leadership through engaging policy makers in their research, and explore the potential for impact in policy development. This can be in connection with any area of public policy. For more information, please refer to the Highlight Notice attached to this scheme and running until the end of September 2016.

You can submit proposals to this call at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. 

Applications should be made via the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). Please allow sufficient time to read the system guidance notes especially with regards to the on-line approval process.

For further information (including guidance and advice on writing an application) please refer to the AHRC’s Leadership Fellows Scheme funding guide.


Please allow sufficient time for your application to be reviewed and amended at each stage. This will allow us to support you more effectively and ensure that your proposal is ready for formal submission.

Law Faculty deadline for initial expression of interest30 Days prior to proposed submission
Law Faculty deadline for first draft review15 Days prior to proposed submission
Research Services deadline5 Days prior to proposed submission
Funder deadlineNot applicable - Open Call

Applicants who have already opened a Je-S form or who opened one before 1 May 2014 will need to select the 'Fellowships' or 'Fellowships - Early Career' scheme and complete and submit their proposal by 30 June 2014. Any applicants who are making an application using the Fellowships scheme form should use the current Fellowships scheme guidance which can be found in the Research Funding Guide. 30 June is the last date by which proposals can be submitted via the ‘Fellowships’ scheme in JeS.

Any applicants who open a proposal form on and after 1 May 2014 will need to select the 'Leadership Fellows' or 'Leadership Fellows - Early Career' scheme in Je-S. Any applicants from 1 May 2014 and afterwards should refer to the Leadership Fellows scheme guidance which is a separate AHRC funding guide (2018 update: this guidance is now incorporated in the Research Funding Guide).

You may submit a proposal at any point during the year. Please note that the assessment process for applications submitted to the Fellowships scheme (Standard and Early Career routes) takes approximately 30 weeks and the earliest start date for a project should be no earlier than 9 months after submission to the AHRC.