The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences have agreed to support up to two applicants to the current Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme. Proposals to this scheme require a 50% salary contribution by the faculty and as such we are limited on the number of applications we can support. In order to choose the most suitable candidates based on the criteria of the Leverhulme and the strategic priorities of the Faculty, we will be holding a demand management process.

The fellowships are aimed at early career researchers who already have a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post. The fellowship will allow them to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. The Trust will accept applications from candidates who submitted their doctoral thesis for examination after 23 February 2019 but will not be eligible if they won’t have submitted their thesis by 23 February 2023. Career breaks will be taken in to consideration as will major disruption from the Covid pandemic (please see website for further details).

Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full-time basis (or pro-rata on a part time basis if this is necessary for health or other reasons). 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

For more information on the scheme and the eligibility please see: Early Career Fellowships The Leverhulme Trust

In order to be considered as one of our two candidates please submit a two page CV together with a one page outline detailing:

  • Your eligibility for the fellowship in terms of dates and employment status
  • Your research experience to date, highlighting major publications
  • A summary of your proposed fellowship project idea
  • A1/2 page endorsement from the proposed mentor, explaining why you would like the applicant to be hosted by your department; the benefits of hosting them; the support offered; fit with department and Faculty strategy; and their potential contribution to teaching and the wider intellectual life of the department/Faculty
  • The proposal should be signed by the head of department.

Timeline and contacts

  • 15 December 4pm – submission of outlines to Sarah Jones
  • 21 December - Panel meeting to make decision on up to two applicants to support. Criteria will be the quality of the candidate and proposal, and the fit of the research idea to the work of the department/Faculty.
  • January/February 2023 – working with RIS and the department to draft a final application.
  • 23 February 4pm – deadline to Leverhulme