Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2019

Friday 23 November 2018

Please find below the details of the University of St Andrews Internal review process for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme 2019.

Eligible candidates wishing to apply for this scheme must submit their applications for internal review via their chosen host school.



Internal deadline:  Schools to propose applicants (including both applicant and school requested data) to [email protected]

1 application per school

(cc: [email protected] and your FAS contact)

4pm, 17 January 2019
2. Internal selection panel meet to review proposals Late January 2019
3. Successful applicant/s informed Late January 2019
4. Final deadline for submitting proposal to the Leverhulme Trust 4pm on 28 February 2019



This scheme aims to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the exception of research studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications.

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2019. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK. The awards are tenable for 36 months and are not renewable. A fellowship must commence between 1 September 2019 and 1 May 2020.

More information can be found at: Early Career Fellowships, ECF Guidance for applicants 2019.


University of St Andrews Application Process:

The University of St Andrews does not have a specific fund for this scheme and match funding for these fellowships will be required from the host school’s salary budget.  Schools are invited to submit no more than one application, only supporting outstanding candidates who are really significant with respect to their strategic plan.  Applications for consideration by the Vice Principal Research and Innovation should be sent via the hosting School to [email protected] no later than 4pm 17th January 2019.

The application should include the following information-

Provided by the applicant:

  • Formal Thesis Submission Date
  • Title of research proposal: No more than 80 characters including spaces.
  • Fields of study: Select the fields of study which most closely reflect the area of research of the current application.
  • Abstract: This account should be given in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert (maximum 100 words).
  • Details of current and past research: Give details of your current and past research experience (maximum 250 words). If this is too extensive to be summarised in 250 words focus on the research most relevant to the current application.
  • Detailed statement of proposed research: This should include aims, objectives, methodology and outcome (e.g. publication plans). This statement and the bibliographic references may not exceed two sides of A4. We recommend that you use Arial font size 11
  • Major publications: Please list your publications (maximum one side of A4) under three main headings; ‘In preparation’, ‘Submitted’ and ‘Published’, as appropriate. We recommend that you use Arial font size 11. If a full list of your publications exceeds one page, then include only the publications most relevant to the current application.
  • 3 Referees: Name, email address and current institution.  No more than one referee should be from the proposed host institution and no more than one should be from the institution where you obtained your doctorate. The head of department from your proposed host institution may not act as a referee.
  • An up to date copy of your CV


Provided by the host School/Department:

A robust supporting statement including the strategic relevance of the proposed candidate’s research to the department; the facilities and resources they will have access to; the candidates suggested starting salary.  Consider the following:

  • Why is your department the best place for the applicant to undertake their research project?
  • Why would you like the applicant to be hosted by your department and what are the benefits to your institution by acting as their host?
  • How will the applicant be mentored by colleagues in your department?
  • How might the applicant contribute to teaching and the wider intellectual life of the host department?
  • What facilities and relevant resources will the applicant be provided with by the host department?

Please note:

  • The match funding for these fellowships will be required from the host school’s salary budget.
  • Applicants should not apply to Leverhulme, citing the University of St Andrews as the supporting institution unless they have been given formal notification that they are an institutional candidate.

More information can be found at: Early Career Fellowships, ECF Guidance for applicants 2019

If you would like application advice, please contact your Business Development Manager

Eligibility Criteria: (further details can be found at: 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. Those in receipt of a stipendiary Fellowship may not hold this at the same time as an Early Career Fellowship. 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.
  • 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 4pm on 28 February 2019. Candidates must not be registered for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications at the time of commencing the Fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 28 February 2015 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 exceptional 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 the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship) which commenced no less than 4 months prior to the closing date. Hence, those who do not hold a UK degree and whose academic position commenced after October 2018 are not eligible. The intention is to support the career development of those building an academic career within the UK.
  • Candidates who have been, or are currently a Principal Investigator on a 3-year post-doctoral research project, or have held or currently hold a comparable 3-year post-doctoral position to pursue their own research are not eligible to apply.
  • The Trust believes that the development of an academic career is best served by gaining experience at different institutions. Applicants who have not already moved institutions in the course of their academic career (i.e. between their undergraduate degree and current position) should nominate a new host institution, or otherwise demonstrate clear evidence of the academic and/or personal reasons for remaining at the same institution, such as access to highly specialist equipment or a highly specialised research team.
  • The matching funding contributed by the host institution must be drawn from generally available funds and must not be associated with any other grants received by the institution. The host department must secure the matching funding for the applicant before the closing date. Applications that do not meet these conditions are ineligible and will be rejected.

A candidate may submit only one application per year. Previously unsuccessful applicants may reapply. Candidates may not apply for both an Early Career Fellowship and a Study Abroad Studentship in the same year. Candidates who have held a Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship for postdoctoral research are not eligible to apply for an Early Career Fellowship. Candidates should consider carefully which of these two schemes best suit their requirements. Please note, this only applies to the 2019 award schemes onwards; candidates who currently hold a Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship for postdoctoral research are eligible to apply for an Early Career Fellowship.