Leverhulme Trust: Major Research Fellowships

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Predicted deadline: May 14, 2022 9:00am PDT

Grant amount: Up to £6,000

Fields of work: Humanities & Social Science

Applicant type: Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Scientist

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom


Major Research Fellowships

For well-established, distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to complete a piece of original research.

Fellowships are particularly aimed at those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.


Replacement salary costs for the duration of the Fellowship.


The duration of a Fellowship is for two or three years, to start at the beginning of the academic year following receipt of the offer letter.

What the Trust offers

The Fellowships fund the salary costs (normally starting at the most junior point of the lecturer scale at the institution concerned) of an individual to undertake the normal duties of the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.

A Major Research Fellow may also request research expenses up to an annual maximum of £6,000. If such funds are required they must be requested as part of the application procedure.

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


  • Applicants must be employed by a UK university or other institution of higher education in the UK.
  • They should be able to demonstrate scholarship at the highest level, but they need not already be of professorial standing.
  • Candidates should state explicitly what the proposed outcomes of their research will be.


  • Ineligible costs
    • 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
      • Contributions to appeals
      • Endowments
      • A shortfall resulting from a withdrawal of or deficiency in public finance

This page was last reviewed March 18, 2021 and last updated March 15, 2021