Department of Political Science


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2023/2024

2 August 2022

The Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy at UCL is now welcoming applications for the 2023/2024 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme.


The Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy at UCL is now welcoming applications for the 2023/2024 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme. Funder’s deadline will fall on 23rd February 2023, guidelines attached below. However, we are also selecting at Faculty level in November, therefore, in order to give everyone a chance to prepare properly and our Departmental Research Committee the time to assess applications timely, we have set an internal deadline on 26th September 2022, at 9am.

The Leverhulme 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. The Trust will contribute to the Fellow’s total salary costs and annual research expenses of up to £6,000. Fellowships are expected to last for three years on a full-time basis and should commence between 1 September 2023 and 1 May 2024. Main eligibility points to keep in mind:

·        Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the 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 for viva voce examination by the closing date of 4pm on 23 February 2023.
·        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 23 February 2019 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break or have been affected by the pandemic.
·        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 the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship) which commenced no less than 4 months prior to the closing date. Hence, those who do not hold a UK degree and whose UK academic position commenced after October 2022 are not eligible.
·        Candidates who have been or are currently a Principal Investigator on a three-year postdoctoral research project or have held or currently hold a comparable three-year postdoctoral position to pursue their own research are not eligible to apply.
·        Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate university and proposed host institution) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.
·        A candidate may submit only one application per year. Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply.

UCL usually requires candidates to complete the online Leverhulme application form for this call. However, please note that the online system is not yet open, therefore, in the meantime, candidates can use the application template in word format (and download below). Once completed, the application form should be sent to Monica Burgess (monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk), copying in Nils Metternich (n.metternich@ucl.ac.uk) by 9 am, on 26th September 2022.

Please note that candidates must have the support of an academic member of staff who will act as the mentor and who has reviewed and commented on the proposal before it is submitted to the department for consideration. Referee statements are not required at this stage, however, please note that Faculty is expecting a budget draft for the research costs (£6K/year). 

Please let Monica Burgess know if there are any questions.


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