Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship

Deadline: 8 March 2012
Open to: Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent research experience
Fellowship: The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution


Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 80 Fellowships will be available in 2012. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.


The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.

Please ensure that applications do not include any of the ineligible costs listed here.

Fellowships are normally tenable for three years on a full-time basis, but requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period will be considered if this is appropriate for the nature of the research proposed and the career development of the individual. Please note that Fellowships of 24 months are no longer offered by the Trust. Fellowships will commence between the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic year and 1 May 2013.


  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4.00pm on 8 March 2012, and confirmation of this is required as part of the application procedure. Those who at the time of commencing the Fellowship are registered for or are intending to register for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications are not eligible.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than 5 years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 8 March 2007 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break. Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other unusual circumstances.
  • Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of application hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship). Applications from those having an association with the UK academic community of less than two years’ duration will be strengthened by a move of employing institution. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.


Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 4.00pm on 8 March 2012. Statements from three nominated referees should also be submitted online as part of the application procedure.

The Trust will report results to applicants by the end of May 2012.

Please download a copy of the 2012 Scheme Leaflet & Help Notes and read through carefully before completing your application.

To access the online application system please click the link here and follow the instructions.


If your query has not been answered in these pages Andreas Heiner (020 7042 9863).

The Official Website


The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) will be sponsoring applications for the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship competition in 2012.  This is an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to access substantial and prestigious funding.

SSEES offers the largest UK concentration of research in the history, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, culture, literature and languages of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. You can learn more here.

Proposals should be sent to Mrs Maria Widdowson, SSEES Assistant Director (Finance & Administration), [email protected]  ***no later than February 19th***.  These should be written on the Leverhulme Trust application form (link above).
A SSEES panel will review and rank proposals received by that date. There will then be time and support available to work on the successful full proposals selected to go forward.
If you have questions about the process, please address these to Mrs Maria Widdowson. Professor Simon Dixon (Arts & Humanities) [email protected], or Professor Slavo Radosevic (Social Sciences), [email protected] will be happy to advise on matters pertinent to the research field.

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