Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Internal Application Process

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.

  • Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available through the Leverhulme Trust each year.
  • The Leverhulme Trust requires host institutions to fund 50% of the overall Fellowship cost.

As there is a considerable investment from the School we would expect any candidate to make a significant contribution to the research culture of the School including interaction with at least one of the Research Clusters, seminar programme and where possible impact activities – this should be reflected in your initial application to the School.

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

If you are eligible, and would like to apply to hold a Fellowship in the Faculty of Social Sciences, please contact Dr Peter Matanle the Departmental Director of Research and Innovation before 15 December to express your interest and find out about the internal application process.


15 December Closing date for expresssions of interest to departments and schools
Mid-December - Mid-February Department will undertake their review of applications during this time.
Mid-February Selected candidates will be invited to work on their final proposals for submission to the Leverhulme Trust with support from Faculty.
Early March (tbc) University deadline for completion of final applications.
Mid-March (tbc) Leverhulme Trust deadline for applications to the Eary Career Fellowship Scheme.

Expression of interest

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