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Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career  Postdoctoral Fellowships

Details of the 2017 competition have not been released. The information below applies to the 2016 process. We expect the process and timelines to be roughly similar.

Applications are made over two stages. As the Leverhulme Trust provides only 50% of the salary cost for these fellowships, application must be made initially to the Isaac Newton Trust for 50% match-funding:

Stage 1 department deadline (for the Isaac Newton Trust): 13th January 2016 (in advance of the INT deadline to allow for Faculty ranking).

Stage 2 sponsor deadline (Leverhulme Trust): 10th March 2016

Stage 1 applications must be sent as Word or PDF documents to the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Administrator (Nadya Mullen, Applications received are ranked and then submitted to the Isaac Newton Trust. Results of stage one applications will be made known in early February 2016.

Stage 2 applications should be submitted to the Leverhulme Trust no later than 4th March 2016, as institutional (University) approval is required in order for applications to be valid and this must be completed by 10th March.


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.


Early Career Fellowships are tenable for three years (full time basis). Fellowships must commence no earlier than 1st September 2016 and no later than 1st May 2017.


The following criteria apply:

One must not have yet held nor concurrently hold a full-time, permanent academic post in the UK.

One must hold a doctorate. Those registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if their doctoral thesis has been submitted by the closing date of 10th March 2016. Applicants must have had their doctoral viva within five years of the stage 2 closing date (i.e. those who had a viva before 10th March 2011 are ineligible, unless there has been a career break).

One must hold a degree form a UK higher education institution at the time of assuming the fellowship OR at the time of application must hold an academic position in the UK. The Leverhulme Trust will greatly favour applications that include a transfer to a new host institution for the fellowship. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of an academic career should either nominate a new host institution or make a strong case for remaining in their current institution for the duration of the fellowship.

Only one application may be submitted each year. Applicants from previous years may reapply.


The Leverhulme Trust will contribute 50% of the total salary costs for three years up to a maximum of £24,000 per year. The Isaac Newton Trust will provide the remaining 50%. The Leverhulme Trust may also provide additional research expenses up to £6,000 per year.

Application Procedure

In addition to the sponsor deadline dates already mentioned, the following points should be noted:

Stage 1 applications do not require details of costs. They do however require the following: a brief CV (2 A4 sides max.), a list of major publications (1 A4 side max.), a statement of current research (250 words max.) and a detailed statement of proposed research (2 A4 sides max.). Applications must also include two references. One referee must be external to Cambridge.

Stage 2 applications must be completed using the Leverhulme Trust online application system. Much of the non-financial information prepared for stage 1 may be used in stage 2 in addition to detailed costings.

Useful links and further information

Full details of the Leverhulme ECF scheme are available on the Leverhulme Trust website.

The Leverhulme Trust also provides a ‘guide for applicants’ and online application help notes.

Information regarding the stage 1 application process and rationale is available from the Isaac Newton Trust here. Please note, the Leverhulme deadline quoted on page two is incorrect.