Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Internal Application Process 2019

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) 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. These three-year Fellowships provide an exceptional opportunity to develop as an independent researcher, and will have a significant impact on future career trajectory. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and the project put forward should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.

  • Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available through the Leverhulme Trust in 2019
  • The Leverhulme Trust requires host institutions to fund at least 50% of the overall Fellowship cost
  • The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is able to support six candidates to submit their applications to the Leverhulme Trust in 2019
  • Applications will be accepted in the following fields/areas: Archaeology, English, History, Philosophy, Music, Modern Languages and Cultures, and Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

If you are interested in applying, you must first check that you meet the Leverhulme Trust's eligibility criteria. These can be found here.

If you are eligible, and would like to apply to hold a Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, please get in touch with the relevant Departmental contact (listed below) before 14 December 2018 to find out about the internal application process for that department/school. You will need to provide a short CV (2 pages maximum) and an expression of interest form, or any other documentation the department/school requires.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities comprises four departments and two schools: Archaeology, History, Philosophy, Music, the School of English and the School of Languages and Cultures. Our academic departments are among the best in the country in terms of their research and teaching. As confirmed by REF 2014, the Faculty boasts a particularly strong record of research projects and publications, supported by a flourishing research environment, including state-of-the-art-facilities and a long track record of successful knowledge exchange activities.

Our departments and schools are currently inviting expressions of interest from potential applicants who wish to be considered for support in applying to the Leverhulme Trust ECF.


The Department of Archaeology
Departmental Director of Research and Innovation: Professor Paul Halstead
The School of English
School Lead for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships:: Dr Kook-Hee Gil
The Department of History
Departmental Director of Research and Innovation: Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
The School of Languages and Cultures
Departmental Director of Research and Innovation: Professor Dagmar Divjak
The Department of Music
Departmental Director of Research and Innovation: Dr Dorothy Ker
The Department of Philosophy
Departmental Director of Research and Innovation: Professor Stephen Laurence

Faculty Institutes

The Faculty is also host to three Institutes:
Digital Humanities Institute the new name for HRI Digital at the University of Sheffield (Director: Michael Pidd)
The Humanities Research Institute, Sheffield's Centre for Collaborative Research in the Arts and Humanities (Director: Professor Nikki Dibben)
Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS), a leading institute for interdisciplinary Biblical Studies graduate teaching and research (Director: Dr Katie Edwards)

If you wish to affiliate with one of these Institutes, you need to apply through the Department/School which is most relevant to your research interests.


17 December 2018 Closing date for expressions of interest and CVs to departments and schools
15 December 2018 – 11 January 2019 Departments and schools will undertake their review of applications during this time
12 January 2019 The selected candidates will be invited to work on their final proposals for submission to the Leverhulme Trust with support from the department/school and Faculty
25 February 2019 University deadline for completion of final applications through the Leverhulme Trust Grant Application System
28 February 2019 Leverhulme Trust deadline for applications to the Early Career Fellowship scheme (institutional approval must be granted by this stage)

Expression of interest

Download the expression of interest form.

Selection criteria

The Faculty review panel will use the following criteria in line with Leverhulme's approach to grant-making (further guidance can be found at http://leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/approach.cfm):

  • Originality—the research achieves more than the incremental development of a single discipline
  • Importance—the work will enable further research or enquiry
  • Significance—the proposed research has relevance outside a single field, and is able to excite those working in other disciplines
  • Merit—the quality of the research design and methodology, and the suitability of the researchers and institution for the realisation of the proposed research objectives
  • Does the application reflect an individual’s personal vision, aspiration, or intellectual curiosity?
  • Does the applicant take appropriate risks in setting and pursuing research objectives?
  • Will it enable a refreshing departure from established patterns of working – either for the individual, or for the discipline?
  • Does the project transcend disciplinary boundaries?
  • Has the applicant gained experience at different institutions?

For more information about the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme see: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm