Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

These fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research.

The expectation is that Fellows would undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure which is not a reworking or extension of their doctoral research project.

Eligibility: Up to 4 years post PhD viva, applicant must either hold a degree from a UK institution, or be employed in a UK HEI in a non-tenured academic position (i.e. fixed-term lectureship or postdoc position).

Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination by 4pm on the closing date of 25 February 2021.

Those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 25 February 2017 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.

Budget: The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £24,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. £6000 per year available for research activities. Grant length is 3 years.

Internal Process: There is a College limit on the number of applications we submit as a School, so an internal selection process begins ahead of the Trust’s deadline.

  • The application form is accessed via the Leverhulme grant management system. You will need an account to log in to the system so if you don’t already have one, please register for one up via this link to the online portal.
  • Complete the online application form and send a PDF of it to Mel McLaughlin by the internal deadline, along with the name of your mentor (if you haven’t already told me). You can make it into a pdf by saving your work, closing the form, and clicking on the view/print button in the overview page. Please remember to save the information you type into the form as you go as the system will not save it automatically.
  • At this stage you do not need to fill in the name of the institutional approver or submit the application for institutional approval- this will only be needed if your application is supported and chosen by the review panel to go forward.
  • You do however need to fill in the section asking how you plan to spend the £6,000 per year research budget allocation. Please note we advise adding in a laptop (max budget £1000) as one will not be supplied by the School.
  • All applications received by the internal deadline are ranked by the relevant Head of Subject area and departmental Research Advisor. The Research Director and Head of School then decide which of the top ranked applications can go forward for submission (up to a maximum of four)
  • If your application is chosen to go forward you will need to name three referees. We’ve been reminded by Leverhulme of the importance of choosing suitable referees so please refer to the guidance on their website before deciding who to choose

Deadlines: 

Internal deadline: 25th January 2021 (12pm GMT)

Peer reviews take place between 26th January- 9th February

Applicants notified 10th February

Notified applicants to submit to the funder by 22nd February (by 10am GMT)

Funder deadline: 25th Feb 2021 (4pm GMT)

link/url icon Leverhulme Trust – Early Career Fellowships