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School of Social and Political Science: Research


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Please note that this scheme requires the host institution to pay 50% of the Fellow's salary. If you are interested in applying for this scheme, please contact the SSPS Research Office as soon as possible to register your interest. It may not be possible to support applications every year, or it may be possible to support only a limited number of applications. 

Information on this scheme is available on the Leverhulme Trust's Early Career Fellowships website.  The trust's deadline for applications is 4.00 pm on 1 March 2018, however the School's deadline is considerably earlier than this to allow for internal review and approval.

In order to ensure proposals are as strong as possible, the School will be organizing a two-stage review process of applications.


•  4 December 2017 – closing date for stage 1 review by School.  Applicants are invited to submit a one page summary proposal (+CV) . This will allow the School to identify suitable mentors and initial feedback. (This initial review is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.)

•  1 January 2018 – Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships round opens 

•  12 January 2018  –  closing date for stage 2 review by School.  Applicants must submit a full application to the School. There will be an internal  School review of all applications. Selected successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application for the 1st March funder deadline with support from the Research Office.

•  1 February 2018 - College will be notified of applicants supported by SSPS.

• 22 February 2018  – Applications ready for final approval and  all research support administration checks.

• 1 March 2018  Deadline for submission to the Leverhulme Trust

You will need to identify and approach a potential mentor (see the discussion of the mentor's role in the relevant guidance) and discuss your application with them. School policy is that all postdoctoral fellows have a mentor, even where this is not a requirement of the fellowship scheme. You should do this as early in the application process as possible.  

The School Research Office can provide additional information and guidance on the scheme when you contact us.

RSO is running briefing sessions throughout November 2017 for all interested applicants  by Booking a place on MyEd 

· 22 November 2017, 10:00 – 11:00  

· 29 November 2017, 14:30 – 15:30 

· 30 November 2017, 12:00 – 13:00