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The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

From ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content.

The AHRC funds research on a very wide range of subjects, from traditional humanities such as history, English, linguistics, French and other modern languages, philosophy and classics, area and interdisciplinary studies to creative and performing arts such as drama, dance, music, art and design.

Research into these subjects helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.


Future Directions Consultation

As the AHRC approaches its fourth anniversary on 1st April 2009, our rapidly changing context and the prospect of a Government Spending Review impel us to take stock of where we are and what we must do to maintain our distinctive and valued role. In the Future Directions consultation we put forward certain key questions affecting the AHRC and its core mission, namely, to support research that delivers 'excellence with impact'.

News & Events

6,500 PG Posts Confirmed 

The future of arts and humanities post-graduate research has been guaranteed in the UK today thanks to a five year funding commitment by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

AHRC Chief Executive’s term in office comes to an end 

In August 2009, Professor Philip Esler will complete his four year term of office as the first permanent Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Daily Telegraph features AHRC project 

On Thursday February 19 The Daily Telegraph featured a story about a publishing archive that has played a central role in the political and cultural development of this country.

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The economic, social and cultural impact of arts and humanities research.

International Activity
Influencing arts and humanities research beyond the UK

Knowledge transfer
Collaborative activities between academic and non-academic partners.

Funding Initiatives
Addressing issues of intellectual and wider cultural and social or economic urgency.

Future Directions Consultation

In the ‘Future Directions’ consultation we put forward certain key questions affecting the AHRC and its core mission, namely, to support research that delivers ‘excellence with impact’.

What's New

Find out about our latest events including:

Digital Economy in the Research Environment Workshop

What's New

Find out more about our upcoming new Science and Heritage scheme funding calls.

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Sign up for our Email Newsletter and keep up to date with our latest news, events and competitions.

New KT Strategy

Find out more about the four key areas of activity encompassed by KT in the AHRC. The full version is available on the KT pages.