Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Competition 2021 opens on 1 January 2021. The Leverhulme Trust specify that you must have submitted your PhD thesis no later than 4pm on 25 February 2021 and no earlier than 25 February 2017, unless you have had a career break.

The Trust will now contribute 100% of each Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £50,000 in year one of the award. The Trust will then contribute 50% of the Fellow's total salary costs up to a maximum of £25,000 in years two and three. There will also be additional research expenses provision. The Isaac Newton Trust will match the Leverhulme award in support of individuals who successfully apply for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships to be held at the University of Cambridge starting in 2021 – 2022.

There will be an internal competition within Cambridge to determine which applications can be supported with match-funding from the Isaac Newton Trust. Applicants to CRASSH should be seeking to pursue projects that are interdisciplinary in nature and of a kind that would make it unlikely they could be pursued elsewhere in Cambridge. Please refer to the Leverhulme Trust website for application guidance and help notes. You should also refer to the Isaac Newton Trust webpage for further information on their requirements.

Applicants wishing to hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in CRASSH should send the materials listed below to fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk, by Friday 11 December 2020. The Director of CRASSH, Professor Steven Connor, should be regarded as the academic host and can be contacted about your research before applying. The Trust will inform candidates and departments of those selected in good time for them to be able to apply for a Leverhulme award by the Leverhulme Trust deadline,  4pm on 25 February 2021. CRASSH requires the following application documents: 

  • a cover sheet
  • a brief c.v. (not exceeding two sides), and
  • a draft of the three items required for the Leverhulme application:
  1. a list of your major publications (maximum one side)
  2. a statement of your current research (maximum 250 words)
  3. a detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides)

We will also require two letters of reference, of which one should come from outside Cambridge. Your referees should send their references directly to fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk  by the 11th December deadline. 

For all queries please contact fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk.