3 October 2022

Department Invites Applications for Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship Scheme

The department is now inviting scholars wishing to be supported to make an application to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme.

Elmfield building, the Department of Politics and International Relations

The Department of Politics and International Relations and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at The University of Sheffield welcome applications from outstanding early career researchers to the 2023 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme. We are looking for applicants whose research broadly aligns with research being carried out in the Department of Politics and International Relations and/or SPERI.

This call is open to all, and we welcome proposals from female, LGBTQ, racial and ethnic minority, and international scholars, as well as those looking to undertake a fellowship on a part-time or full-time basis.

The default starting salary for this position is Grade 7.3

These fellowships are intended to help early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Interested potential applicants are encouraged to contact a suitable member of staff who could act as a mentor in the first instance to discuss their Fellowship proposal. 

We welcome Expressions of Interest from outstanding early career researchers who meet the eligibility criteria of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme. Specifically, we seek candidates with an excellent academic record; a strong publications profile; and innovative and ambitious research ideas. 

Expressions of Interest should consist of the following:


1.    Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages) – including academic qualifications (with degree outcomes specified)  and research record (publications, presentations, impact, research leadership if appropriate);


2.    Outline research proposal (max. 2 pages) – indicating originality and contribution to the discipline, theoretical contexts, methods, resources and planned outputs;

Expressions of Interest should be sent as a single PDF document to fss-researchhub4@sheffield.ac.uk ​​​​​​ by 4pm on Friday 4 November 2022.

Selection decisions will be communicated to applicants in early December. 

Selected candidates will be supported in developing their application for a Fellowship, leading up to the submission of applications to the Leverhulme Trust by the scheme deadline of 23 February 2023. 

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