Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2014

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2014

Deadline: March 6, 2014

The 2014 application for the Early Career Fellowships is now open. Offering fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the The Leverhulme Trust scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Early Career 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 should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately eighty Fellowships will be available in 2014. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.


The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 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 £6,000 to further his or her research activities.


Fellowships are normally tenable for three years on a full-time basis, but 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 of 24 months are no longer offered by the Trust. Fellowships will commence between the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year and 1 May 2015.


  • Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment.
  • Applications are welcomed in any discipline.
  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than five years from the application closing date.
  • Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship).
  • The matching funding contributed by the host institution must be drawn from generally available funds and must not be associated with any other grants received by the host institution.

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