Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Applications are open for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships supported by Northumbria University. The scheme offers 100 fellowships in 2019 to fund for outstanding early-career researchers who have not held a full-time permanent post in a UK university.

They are inviting expressions of interest from early-career researchers interested in collaborating with their Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences. Fellowships are funded for three years and offer research expenses of up to £6,000 per year.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship, and
  • Must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution.
  • Applications from those with a doctorate must have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing dates.
  • (Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis before 28th February 2015 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.)
  • The scheme offers to fund for outstanding early-career researchers who have not held a full-time permanent post in a UK university.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate in the fellowship Expressions of interest should be submitted as a single PDF or Word document by email to researchsupport@northumbria.ac.uk


  • Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full-time basis.
  • The Trust will support requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period for health-related reasons, disability or childcare commitments.
  • The University is looking to support applications in the following Departments:
    • Arts
    • School of Design
    • Humanities
    • Social Sciences and Centre for International Development
  • Applicants should clearly state innovative aspects of their research and how they are of relevance to their chosen Department.
  • Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest consisting of:
    • An academic CV, not more than 2 pages.
    • An outline research proposal to include: title, abstract, (250 words), statement of past and current research, (250 words) fit Institution and potential mentor, (250 words) and 2-page project outline.


  • The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 per year and the balance is to be paid by the host institution.
  • Each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 per year to further his or her research activities.

Application Deadline:

The application will close on 28 February 2019, 4 pm.

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