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The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

January 24, 2008


Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research.

It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position.

Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 55 Fellowships will be available in 2008.

Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

May not currently hold, or have already held, a full-time established (i.e., permanent) academic position in a UK university or comparable institution in the UK.

Should normally hold a degree from a UK higher education institution by the time of taking up the Fellowship. Those without a UK degree will be considered if, at the time of application, they hold an academic position in the UK. It is likely that applications from candidates having an association with the UK academic community of less than two years’ duration will be strengthened by a move of employing institution.

Should normally be under age 35 and hold an awarded doctorate or have equivalent research experience at the time of taking up the award. Applications from those aged 35 and over will be considered if they began their academic studies at a later age than is usual or if they have had a career change or break.

May, when registered for a doctorate, apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date, and confirmation of this will be required as part of the application procedure.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £22,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £5000 to further his or her research activities.

Fellowships are tenable for 24 or 36 months, normally on a full-time basis. Requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period will be considered if this is appropriate for the nature of the research proposed and the career development of the individual. Fellowships will commence between the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year and 1 May 2009.

Application Procedure
The application form can only be filled out and submitted online. Please ensure that you have fully read the scheme leaflet, help notes and the navigation notes before starting the application. The form requires two stages of institutional approval before it can be submitted to the Trust, we therefore strongly suggest that you submit it for institutional approval by 5th March. All application forms (complete with Institutional approval) must be submitted to us by 4 p.m. on 12 March 2008.

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