The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

First Viscount Leverhulme
Photograph reproduced by permission of Unilever Historical Archives.

About The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes.

The Trust places special weight on:

  • The originality of the projects put to them
  • The significance of the proposed work
  • The ability to judge and take appropriate risk in the project
  • The removal of barriers between traditional disciplines.

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities has approved the submission of 3 applications for this funding.


  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4pm on 6 March 2014, and confirmation of this is required as part of the application procedure. Those who at the time of commencing the Fellowship are registered for or are intending to register for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications are not eligible.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than five years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 6 March 2009 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break. Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other unusual circumstances.
  • Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship). The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Priority will be given to applicants who show evidence of mobility during their academic careers to date. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.
  • The matching funding contributed by the host institution must be drawn from generally available funds and must not be associated with any other grants received by the host institution. The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date. Applications which do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.


The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution.

Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities. Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here.

Application Process

Application forms can be accessed from Thursday 2 January 2014 through The Leverhulme Trust online application system.

Applicants should contact staff members in the relevant department to act as their mentor and assist them with the preparation of their application.

Statements from three nominated referees should also be submitted online as part of the application procedure.


We are no longer accepting applications for 2014/15.

Point of Contact

Departments should send applications to the Faculty Office.

Appropriate office space will be assigned to successful applicants.