Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships
Call for Applicants for 2021-2022 Competition
The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies will support applications to the Leverhulme Trust Early-Career Fellowships 2021. The 2020 round will open on 1 January 2021. These enable early-career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work and to advance to a more permanent academic position. The research may be in any subject area, with the exception of studies of disease, illness, and disabilities in humans and animals, and research that is intended to inform clinical practice and the development of medical applications.
Fellowships may be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time established academic post at a UK university or comparable UK institutions. All candidates must be within four years of their doctoral thesis submission or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship. They must also 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, such as a fixed-term lectureship or fellowship, in the UK. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination by the closing date of 4pm on 25 February 2021. Approximately 145 fellowships are available. In response to the financial challenges facing the Higher Education sector in the forthcoming academic year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust has adjusted the value of the awards for the 2021 round. The Trust will contribute 100% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £50,000 in year one of the award. The Trust will then contribute 50% of the Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 in years two and three, with the balance to be paid by the host institution. The Trust’s maximum annual contribution will be pro-rated if the Fellowship is held on a part-time basis. Each Fellow may request up to £6,000 per annum in research expenses to further his or her research activities. Fellowships are tenable for three years full time. The Trust will support requests to hold the award part-time over a proportionately longer period for health-related reasons, disability or childcare commitments.
OSGA holds an annual internal competition to decide which application(s) will be put forward under the scheme. Those who are interested to apply for this scheme should note that following the OSGA internal application procedure:
- By December 10th, 2020, please express interest by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org and in CC email@example.com, your CV accompanied by the title and an abstract of your research project (100 words) and the name of a potential supervisor in the School;
- By 11th January 2021, please send the first draft of your application. Please, DO NOT submit it via the Leverhulme Trust portal, but send a pdf file of your application (reproducing the application template or downloaded from the portal as draft) to firstname.lastname@example.org and in CC email@example.com. OSGA’s internal panel will provide information about the selected proposals within about 10 working days.
- By 3rd February 2021, the selected proposals will be invited to send the final draft of the application to firstname.lastname@example.org and in CC email@example.com. Please, DO NOT submit it via the Leverhulme Trust portal, but send a pdf file of your application downloaded from the portal;
- The proposals selected for the OSGA’s support must be completed and submitted via the Leverhulme Trust portal by noon, 15th February 2021.
Because of the formal institutional approval is required both from the Head of the host department and from an administrative officer on behalf of the host institution, OSGA will formally approve the applications and submit them to the University’s Research Services Office no later than 18th February 2021. The Research Services Office will submit the process and submit the proposals to the Leverhulme Trust by 25 February 2021 at 4 pm.
Before applying, interested candidates should look through the information available from the Leverhulme Trust.
General information about the scheme, eligibility, and scheme guidance can be found on http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm.
Requests for further information are welcome. Please contact Francesca Tucci, Research Development Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org).