Deadline: February 25, 2021

Applications are open for the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2021. The fellowship is for early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. The Fellowships are intended to assist those at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, and it is hoped that the appointment would lead to a more permanent position for the individual, either within the same or another institution.

Fellowship

  • The Trust will contribute 100% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £50,000 in year one of the award. The Trust will then contribute 50% of the Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 in years two and three, with the balance to be paid by the host institution.
  • The Trust’s maximum annual contribution will be pro-rated if the Fellowship is held on a part-time basis. Each Fellow may request up to £6,000 per annum in research expenses to further his or her research activities.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. The Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research.
  • Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship.
  • Applicants who have existing funding in place for a duration equivalent to or greater than the duration of the Early Career Fellowship should not apply.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. 

Topics and Fields of Study

The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award, and the project put forward should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.

Applications will be considered in all subject areas except:

  • Studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals
  • Research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications

The Trust excludes these areas because substantial funding is available from other sources for applied medical research, and the Trust’s priority is to support investigations of a fundamental nature.

Application

To make an application, access the Leverhulme Trust Grants Management System

Applications must be approved and submitted to the Trust by the host institution by 4pm on the closing date of 25 February 2021. Institutional approval is required both from the head of the host department and from an administrative officer on behalf of the host institution. 

Nominated referees will also be required to provide their references via the online system within two weeks after the closing date.

For more information, visit Leverhulme Trust.

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