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Leverhulme Trust launches new international professorships scheme worth £100 million

The Leverhulme Trust Board today agreed a major new grant scheme to be launched in January 2020 – Leverhulme International Professorships

Designed to help maintain the UK’s international standing as a desirable research destination that is welcoming and open to talented individuals from all countries, the Trust has allocated at least £100 million over five years to fund the new scheme.

The scheme will enable UK universities to conduct worldwide searches for research leaders and innovators and bring them to the UK, to help ensure that the best possible appointments are made to strategically important academic positions.

Applications will be encouraged from universities seeking to recruit excellent researchers of any nationality – across the whole range of the sciences, humanities and social sciences – currently working outside the UK. Successful bids will offer an ongoing package to support an individual professorship, any associated posts and contribute to associated costs, with an award worth £5 million over five years. 

Professor Gordon Marshall, Director of the Trust, commented: ‘The Trust wants to lay the foundation for new international collaborations to support discovery and innovation, based in the UK and led by Leverhulme-funded researchers. The Trust Board is delighted to add this new scheme to its portfolio of long-term research investments.’


For media enquiries, including interview and image requests, please contact: 

Professor Gordon Marshall, Director, Leverhulme Trust
+44(0)20 7042 9876 
Ms Bahia Dawlatly, Communications Officer, Leverhulme Trust
+44(0)20 7042 9875

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