Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The closing date for candidates wishing to be considered for School support in the 2019-20 round is Friday 14 December 2018.

The School is able to support a very limited number of Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship applications, for Fellowships commencing between September 2019 and May 2020.

Click here for further details about the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme. Please note that in order to be eligible, applicants must

  • not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university;
  • possess a degree from a UK higher education institution, or, at the time of the application deadline (28 February 2019), hold a non-permanent academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship);
  • have submitted their doctoral thesis between 1 March 2015 and 1 March 2019 (unless they have had a career break).

Further details on the above eligibility criteria are available from the Leverhulme Trust.


Application process

Those wishing to be considered for School support in the 2019 competition must supply an Expressions of Interest to the Director of the most relevant School Institute, with a copy to rosemary.lambeth@sas.ac.uk, by 9.00 am on Friday 14 December 2018. Applications arriving after 14 December will not be considered. If you are unsure about which Director to approach please contact Rosemary Lambeth.

The Expression of Interest must take the following form. It should

  • be in the form of a single A4 Word document, no longer than 6 sides in total as specified below, in a font no larger than 11pt.

It should comprise, and in the following order:

  • curriculum vitae (2 sides maximum);
  • project description (2 sides maximum), including objectives, methodology and outcomes;
  • statement outlining how the project fits within the research profile of the School of Advanced Study, and one or more of its constituent institutes or research specialisms (1 side maximum). Any application without a demonstrable rationale for being based at the School, and/or without evidence of prior consultation with School researchers, is not likely to be successful.
  • the name of 3 referees (1 side maximum).

The covering email must include applicants’ contact details (email, phone, postal address). Applicants should put their surname and ‘Leverhulme 2019’ in the subject line.



Additionally, we require one academic reference (who may be one of the 3 listed in the EoI). The referee must write specifically in support of the project, explain why it should be undertaken by the applicant, and why here at the School of Advanced Study. The reference should be submitted to the chosen Institute Director (copied to rosemary.lambeth@sas.ac.uk), and must arrive via email by the same closing date (Friday 14 December 2018, by 9.00 am UK time).


Next steps

Applicants will be informed whether or not the School will support their application by the beginning of February 2019. The School will then provide further assistance to the candidate(s) it has decided to support, in order to refine their application to the Leverhulme Trust. These applications must then be submitted to the Leverhulme by its deadline of 28 February 2019.


Current School Leverhulme Early Career Fellows

Tom Wilkinson, Niall Geraghty (2017) and Megan McNamee (2018) are recently-awarded Fellows to the School through this scheme.

Please address enquiries to Rosemary Lambeth