Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships

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Grant amount: Up to £90,000

Deadline: Feb 28, 2019 8:00am PST

Applicant type: Unaffiliated Researcher Working Professional Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 4 years of receiving their PhD

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The Early Career Fellowships offer a fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the 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 100 Fellowships will be available. 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 £24,000 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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. 
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship.
    • Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4pm on 02 March 2017. 
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis not more than four years from the application closing date.
    • Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances.
  • 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 the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship).
    • The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.
  • The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions.
    • Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.
  • 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 institution.
    • The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date.
    • Applications that do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.
  • A candidate may submit only one application per year.
    • Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply. 
  • Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions:
    • both because of the substantial funding available from other sources for applied medical research, and the Trust’s priority to support investigations of a fundamental nature, we do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.


  • 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.
  • Those who submitted their doctoral thesis before 02 March 2013 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break. 
  • Those who at the time of commencing the Fellowship are registered for or are intending to register for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications are not eligible.
  • Candidates who have been, or are currently a Principal Investigator on a 3-year post-doctoral research project, or have held or currently hold a comparable 3-year post-doctoral position to pursue their own research are not eligible to apply.
  • When submitting an application to the Trust, applicants are advised that the Trust does not offer funding for the following costs, and hence none of these items may be included in any budget submitted to the Trust: 
    • Core funding or overheads for institutions.
      • Note that the Trust does not make awards on a full economic costing basis.
      • Please note, however, that a proportion of overheads may be recovered through the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF).
      • This is distributed as part of the block grant to universities from the relevant UK funding council.
    • Individual items of equipment over £1,000.
      • Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions section regarding individual items of equipment with a value of £1,000 and under
    • Sites, buildings or other capital expenditure
    • Support for the organisation of conferences or workshops, unless these are directly associated with International Networks;
      • Early Career Fellowships; Visiting Professorships; or Philip Leverhulme Prizes
    • Contributions to appeals
    • Endowments
    • A shortfall resulting from a withdrawal of or deficiency in public finance
    • Student tuition fees unless associated with an application for Research Project Grants, Research Programme Grants, the Arts Scholarships, or with a nomination for a Philip Leverhulme Prize
  • Candidates may not apply for both an Early Career Fellowship and a Study Abroad Studentship in the same year.
  • We do not fund studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.