Postdoctoral Fellowships

On this page, we'll advertise any open opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellowships that might be useful to those hoping to come and research at UCL History.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2020-2021

Offering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the Leverhulme ECF scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK.

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. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2020. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

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 for viva voce examination by the closing date of 4pm on 27 February 2020. 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 submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 27 February 2016 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 exceptional circumstances. Please note that time spent working outside academia does not qualify as a career break.

Applicants must also be supported by the UK host institution at which they hope to work for the three-year period of the fellowship. This means that if you would like to complete a Leverhulme ECF at UCL, you will need to contact us and let us know as soon as possible. We advise that you take a look at the list of our academic staff and identify the person who would be the most suitable mentor for your project. You should then contact them directly by email to outline your background and proposed research. You may also contact our Director of Research, Professor Nicola Miller, to advise her of your intended application or to ask any questions about the scheme.

Full details can be found here:

Application Process

The scheme is highly competitive and as such UCL operates an internal process to select the strongest applicants to put forward for funding.

The first stage in this process is at the departmental level. That means that we have to set an internal deadline, by which date applicants will need to submit a two-page research proposal and a two-page academic CV. The deadline for the 2019-20 applications is Wednesday 11th December. These documents should be submitted to claire.morley@ucl.ac.uk.

Applicants selected by the Department to go forward to the second stage of Faculty selection will be notified before Christmas. They will then be asked to complete the Leverhulme application form, with guidance from the Director of Research (Professor Nicola Miller) and/or their mentor.

The completed form must be returned to Claire Morley by Wednesday 15 January. Applicants will be notified of the Faculty decision in mid-February, in time to submit the application to the Leverhulme Trust by their deadline of 4pm on Thursday 27 February.