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School of Social and Political Science: Research


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust 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 were made available in 2019 through the Trust.

The 2019-20 round is now closed to applications but new information on key dates will appear on this page in autumn 2020.

The University sets a limit on the number of applications that each School is allowed to submit and for this reason the School needs time to assess applications and select suitable candidates on the basis of a 2 page summary and abbreviated CV (max 2 pages) from each candidate. If you are interested in applying for this scheme, please contact the SSPS Research Office as soon as possible to register your interest.

Fellowships are tenable for three 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. Further information on this scheme is available on the Leverhulme Trust's Early Career Fellowships website.  

The trust's Early Career Fellowship scheme will reopen in January 2021, with a deadline in Feb 2021. However in order to provide sufficient time for candidate selection and  application development time, the School deadline for submitting an up to date CV and 2 page project summary will be in early December 2020 (date TBA).

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship SSPS application pathway 2020/21:

1. Please email  with your intention to apply as soon as possible.

2. SSPS requires a mentor (SSPS core staff) for all early-career fellowships. In order to progress your proposal, you must first identify, contact and have an agreed mentor for your proposed project application. The project must also have Head of Subject Area approval and your mentor will need to help to obtain this before you submit your CV and 2 page summary to the School . 

3. 2nd December 2020- School deadline for CV and a project summary (up to 2 pages max each) which will then be considered by a school based panel. 

4. Late December 2020/ Early Jan 2021, TBA– Decisions made by the School panel, applicants given feedback including who is to progress to full application stage and ways in which any applications that are progressing might be strengthened.  You will then continue to work with your mentor and the research Office in developing your full proposal.

5. 2nd February 2021  – Deadline for full draft applications in Leverhulme Trust grant online system. At this point a School review of the full application will be conducted and feedback given to strengthen final applications. 

N.B. While the focus of feedback will be on strengthening proposals, the School may advise against submitting particular proposals at this point, if problems present with quality/design or feasibility and for which solutions cannot be developed before the deadline. 

6. 25th February 2021 4pm GMT, deadline for application submission to funder by University. 

Points to note:

We are interpreting the Leverhulme Trust’s reference to the need for a ‘proven track record of research to mean that the School requires applicants to have at least two peer-reviewed academic publications which are deemed of high quality, for which they had a leading role. If you would like further guidance on whether your CV and publication track record is suitable for this scheme, please speak to your mentor in the first instance and/or your subject area Research Convener

Please email the Research Office if you have any unresolved queries,  The School Research Office can provide additional information and guidance on the scheme, please get in touch if you are considering applying and have any questions.