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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.

2023 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, with Leverhulme contributing 50% of each Fellow’s total salary up to a maximum of £26,000 per annum, with the host institution expected to support the remaining 50% of the salary. Leverhulme also contribute an additional £6,000 per annum of research expenses if requested.

Eligibility: 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. 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 hold a doctorate by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate may apply only if they have submitted their viva voce examination by 4pm on the closing date of 23 February 2023. Applicants must be within 4 years of their PhD examination. As such, those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 23 February 2019 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break (maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances). The Trust will accept applications from candidates who submitted their doctoral thesis for examination up to five years prior to the closing date if they can make a case for their work having been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (this would need to be explained in their application).

For full eligibility details please refer to Leverhulme Trust’s websiteApplicants should make sure they are eligible to apply to this scheme prior to an application being made to the School.


Submitting an Application: Please check the Leverhulme page for detailed information on eligibility and application process

The University holds an internal selection process for the Leverhulme competition.   

Applicants must email the following documents to Laura Elliott ( by 5pm on Wednesday 23 November 2022.

1.   A summary of the research project (2 sides of A4 maximum). Please include details of your methodology, timetable and proposed output(s). 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 our 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 expect that applicants will be notified of the outcome of the School competition in the week commencing Monday 12 December 2022.

Please direct any queries to the School’s Director of Research, Anne Whitehead (