School of Social and Political Science

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 145 Fellowships will be awarded in 2022, UK wide.

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 SPS 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.

More information on the Leverhulme Trust's Early Career Fellowships website

There is also an information session on the ECF 2022 call on 10th November at 10.30am (GMT) for applicants seeking to have a fellowship hosted by SSPS, you can sign up here: 

The trust's Early Career Fellowship scheme reopens in January 2022, with a deadline of 24 February 2022. However, to provide sufficient time for candidate selection and application development time, the School deadline for submitting an up-to-date CV and two-page project summary will be 1st December 2021, with follow-on dates detailed below:

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship SSPS application pathway 2021/22:

  1. Please email with your intention to apply as soon as possible.
  2. SPS requires a mentor (SPS 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 two-page summary to the School.
  3. 1st December 2021 – School deadline for CV and a project summary (up to two pages each) which will then be considered by a school-based panel.
  4. Late December 2021/ Early January 2022 – 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. 1st February 2022 – 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. 24 February 2022, 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.