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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Newcastle University School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics supports a limited number of applications to this scheme on a competitive basis.

2022 Entry  

Each year the Leverhulme Trust holds a competition to award Early Career Fellowships to researchers within 4 years of PhD examination, to enable them to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Fellowships are tenable for 3 years on a full time basis. Due to the disruptions caused by Covid-19, researchers within 5 years of PhD examination can apply for 2022 entry if they can make a case for their work have been impacted by the pandemic.  

In order to help support and develop the best quality applications there will be an Internal workshop for potential applicants on 10th November 2021 (for external applicants wishing to attend this session please let know). We invite candidates to submit expressions of interest no later than 5pm on 22 November 2021 to Laura Elliott 

Applicants must also identify a mentor in the School as early as possible. Mentors must be recognised research leaders with recent publications in your chosen area of specialism, and have the capacity to support your project.

Expressions of interest should be submitted and take the form of:

  1. A summary of the research project (2 sides of A4 maximum). Please include details of your methodology, timetable and proposed outputs. The summary should take particular note of the following guidance: 'The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award, and the project put forward should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.' The project should also be able to demonstrate strong fit in terms of School’s research profile and you should identify an appropriate mentor with whom you’ve spoken in advance:
  2. A CV, including publications, of no more than 2 sides of A4

We will notify candidates of the outcome in January 2022.

Please read the guidance notes and criteria for eligibility carefully.

Eligibility:  Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institutions, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship.  The Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research.  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.  Applicants must be within 4 years of their PhD examination – hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 24 February 2018 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break (maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances). Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19, applicants within 5 years of PhD examination can apply for 2022 entry if they can make a case for their work having been impacted by the pandemic. 

If you have an queries, please contact the School’s Director of Research, Anne Whitehead