The highlight notice in this scheme has been extended until the end of December 2012.  

The purpose of the highlight notice is to stimulate the development of innovative boundary-crossing proposals under the Fellowships Scheme which are relevant to the four Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) themes:  

In line with the emphasis on leadership development in the revised Fellowships scheme, Fellows appointed under the highlight notice will be expected to play a significant role within the relevant theme (or across themes). Applicants should consider how they might work with other researchers under the theme(s) to lead the development of particular areas or sub-tropics, for example, through networking activities, developing international or cross-disciplinary collaborations or leading knowledge exchange or dissemination activities. 

Applications under the Fellowships highlight are expected to take full advantage of the opportunities under the revised Fellowship Scheme for supporting collaborative activities.  For example, to work collaboratively with other research teams or disciplines (including the sciences), internationally or with partners outside Higher Education Institutions (HEI) (for example, with policy, community, cultural or voluntary organisations) and to work in different settings or contexts and/or to immerse themselves in a different cultural, academic or organisational environment or community.

Details of the Fellowships Scheme, its aims, assessment criteria and application requirements can be found in the How to apply - Research Funding Guide.  The Fellowships Scheme remains entirely open to proposals addressing any topic and proposals to the scheme do not need to address any of these themes.

We will make a further announcement about highlight notices in the Fellowships Scheme in the autumn of 2012.  Additional information for proposals applying under the highlight notice are to be read in conjunction with the How to apply - Research Funding Guide

Proposals addressing the themes outlined in the highlight call can be submitted to both the standard and early career routes of the Fellowships scheme. Further details of the scheme can be found on the following pages of our website:

Applicants wishing to submit a proposal in response to the highlight notice should include a paragraph at the beginning of their Case for Support outlining which theme (or themes) they are addressing and how they envisage their research could contribute towards it. Within the Case for Support, full details should be given of who will be involved in the project, including any collaborative partners, how the theme will be addressed and the fellow envisages playing a leadership role in support of the development of the theme (or themes).


The AHRC work with the RCUK Shared Services Centre (SSC) to deliver all of our funding activities. All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the SSC team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page.