Early Career Fellowships

Offering fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment. 

Early Career Fellowships aim 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 that is of direct relevance to 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. Approximately 80 Fellowships will be available in 2015. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.


The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £24,000 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.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.


Fellowships are normally tenable for 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. Fellowships of 24 months are no longer offered by the Trust. Fellowships will commence between 1 September 2015 and 1 May 2016.

Eligibility and application information

Please read the following before submitting an application.


If your query has not been answered in these pages please contact Andreas Heiner on 020 7042 9863 or email aheiner@leverhulme.ac.uk

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Dr Michael Bycroft, University of Warwick, was awarded an Early Career Fellowship in 2014; studying jewellers, travellers and the science of gems in France, 1630–1830. Above is a painting of specimens in a mineral cabinet, by the French painter Alexandre-Isidore Leroy de Barde (late eighteenth century). Source: Web Gallery of Art, http://www.wga.hu.

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Dr Rachel Crellin, University of Leicester, was awarded an Early Career Fellowship in 2014; studying the microscopic wear marks on bronze axes, to reach a new understanding of the use and value of new materials in the ritual and daily life of the Early Bronze Age. Above is an Early Bronze Age Flat Axe from the Isle of Man. Image reproduced with the kind permission of Manx National Heritage.