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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.

Please note that the deadline for SSPS applications has now passed for the 2019 round. 

This scheme requires the host institution to pay 50% of the Fellow's salary, meaning that the school has to apply some limits to the number of applications supported and therefore will need time to assess applications from the perspective of its own investment. 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 2020, with a deadline likely to be in February. However in order to provide sufficient application development time, the School deadline for submitting an up to date CV and 500 word project summary is Monday 2nd December 2019.
The University Research Support Office is likley to hold Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships information briefing sessions and staff/students can sign up via MyEd.  

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship SSPS application pathway 2018/19 (for reference only, a new pathway will be posted in autumn 2019):

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 500 word summary to the School (3rd December 2018). 

3. 3 December 2018, 5 pm GMT  School deadline for CV and a project summary of 500 words which will then be considered by a school based panel. 

4. Wednesday 19 December 2018 – 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. Monday, 4 February 2019, 12 pm GMT – 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. 
NB 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 can not be developed before the deadline. 

6. Thursday, 28 February 2019 4 pm 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’ as meaning applicants must have at least two peer-reviewed academic publications which are deemed likely to be rated 3* or 4* in REF for which they are sole or lead author. If you are unsure about your CV, please speak to your mentor in the first instance and/or your subject area Research Convener or REF UoA Lead.
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.