Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 they have provided grants and scholarships for research and education; today, they are one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing approximately £80m a year.

Aim of the award

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. Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the exception of research that is of direct relevance to clinicians, medical professionals and/or the pharmaceutical industry. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2019. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Level of grant and tenure

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. Fellowships will commence between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than four years from the application closing date. For applicants to the 2019 round, this means that you must have submitted your doctoral thesis for viva voce examination after 28 February 2015 unless you have had a career break.
  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution.
  • Candidates who have been, or are currently a Principal Investigator on a 3-year post-doctoral research project, or have held or currently hold a comparable 3-year post-doctoral position to pursue their own research are not eligible to apply.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship.
  • 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.

Read the full eligibility notes and visit the Leverhulme web site.

Applying for this scheme

The internal selection process is as follows:

  1. Potential applicants identify a potential mentor and make contact with them.
  2. Potential candidates or mentor contact sam.lambshead@bristol.ac.uk for a blank copy of the Leverhulme application form.
  3. Potential candidates write a draft application with the help of their mentor and submit it, together with a CV and a short supporting paragraph from the Mentor, to the appropriate School Research Director - 3 December 2018.
  4. School Research Director/Schools will review drafts with potential mentors, to assess applicants' intellectual fit within the Department.
  5. Schools select suitable candidates, rank them and forward applications to the Dean and Faculty Research Director (FRD) for the final selection of candidates - 10 December 2018.
  6. The Faculty will support two candidates for submission to Leverhulme. The research development team will notify SRDs of their final selection, and SRDs will notify candidates - 20 December 2018.
  7. The Research Development team will provide additional support and copies of successful bids to selected candidates.
  8. Leverhulme call opens around 1 January 2019.
  9. Applications are submitted to funder one week before the funder deadline of 4pm, 1 March 2019 (to be confirmed).




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