Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships in UK for Young Researchers

Early Career Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Career development
Provider: The Leverhulme Trust
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Leverhulme Trust offers the Early Career Fellowships 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.

Offering fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK.

The expectation is that Fellows undertake the significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships lead to a more permanent academic position. Fellowships can be held at UK institutions.

Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent 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. Applicants who have existing funding in place for a duration equivalent to or greater than the duration of the Early Career Fellowship should not apply.

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 4pm on 10 March 2016. 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 five years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 10 March 2011 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 exceptional 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 the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship). The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.

The Research Awards Advisory Committee believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.

The matching funding contributed by the host institution must be drawn from generally available funds and must not be associated with any other grants received by the institution. The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date. Applications that do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country

Participating Institutions
Universities and other institutions of higher education in the UK

Fields of study
All subject areas will be considered EXCEPT: studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications (both because of the substantial funding available from other sources for applied medical research, and the Trust’s priority to support investigations of a fundamental nature.)

Number of awards
Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2016

Sponsorship duration
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 childcare commitments. Fellowships will commence between 1 September 2016 and 1 May 2017.

Scholarship benefits
The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £24,000 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 ineligible costs.

Method of Application
Before beginning an application, please read the essential guidance for applicants(pdf), which provides full details of the aims and eligibility criteria for the Early Career Fellowship scheme. When completing the online application form, please refer to the application help notes(pdf). To make an application, please access the Leverhulme Trust Grant Application System.

A candidate may submit only one application per year. Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply. Candidates may not apply for both an Early Career Fellowship and a Study Abroad Studentship in the same year.

The 2016 round will open on 1 January 2016. The closing date for applications is 10 March 2016 at 4pm

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications for this scheme, it is not possible to provide feedback to individual applicants regarding unsuccessful applications.

The Leverhulme Trust is a large national grant-making foundation in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1925 under the will of William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, with the instruction that its resources should be used to support "scholarships for the purposes of research and education." It is based in London and is a registered charity under English law.

Application Deadline: 10 March 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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