Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme now open

Closing Date for 2011 applications is 4.00pm March 10th 2011

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but with a proven record of research. It is anticipated that a Fellowship will lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications are welcomed in any discipline, and approximately 70 Fellowships will be available in 2011. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • They must not yet have held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship. Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship.
  • All candidates must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship. Those who are or have been registered for a doctorate at any time may apply only if they have submitted their doctoral thesis by the closing date of 4.00pm on 10 March 2011, and confirmation of this may subsequently be required. Those who at the time of commencing the Fellowship are registered for or are intending to register for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications are not eligible.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who had their doctoral viva not more than 5 years from the application closing date. Hence those who had their viva before 10 March 2006 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break. Those wishing to make a case for a career break should present the case for interruption by a period of maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other unusual circumstances.
  • Applicants must 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 in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship). Applications from those having an association with the UK academic community of less than two years’ duration will be strengthened by a move of employing institution. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.

Fellowships are normally tenable for either two or 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. Those holding the Fellowship on a part-time basis must not undertake any other employment within a UK higher education institution during the award. Fellowships will commence between the beginning of the 2011/2012 academic year and 1 May 2012.

Please note that as the scheme is based on a pattern of joint support whereby the Leverhulme Trust will contribute 50% of the Fellow’s total salary costs, the balance is to be contributed by the host institution. Institutional support and approval by the host institution is therefore required as part of the application procedure, confirming that the necessary financial commitment can be made and providing details of the facilities with which the Fellow will be provided. It is a condition that the host department has identified and secured the source of the matching funding for an applicant by the closing date, and that this is specifically allocated to the individual concerned.

Apply at: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/app_procedure.cfm

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